Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after an unprovoked attack left a man with swelling to his face and bruising to his head.
The 27-year-old victim was on his way to Swindon train station around 9pm last night (7thMarch) when he was approached by two men, hit on the head with a heavy object, punched in the face and had a knife held to his leg.
After resisting the attack, which happened in an alleyway behind the Esso garage, Rodbourne Road, he made his way into the service station to call for help.
Det Sgt Adrian Bray, from Swindon CID, said: “This was a violent and unprovoked attack which has left the victim badly shaken, with a swollen face and cuts and bruises to his head.
“Our enquiries are continuing and we would be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in that area.
“We believe there could be a dog walker that may have witnessed the incident or seen the attackers shortly before or afterwards – even the smallest detail could be useful to our investigation.
“We appreciate the nature of the incident may cause community concern and will be increasing patrols in the area as a result.”
Anyone with information should call Swindon CID on 101, quoting crime reference 54190023123. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.