POLICE investigating a “cruel and spiteful” assault in which a 58-year-old man was struck on the back of the head have released CCTV images of two youths they want to trace.

The attack happened in Bridge Street in the town centre as the victim was walking past the Post Office.

He suffered a broken arm and had to undergo surgery in hospital.

The incident happened two months ago, on Saturday, April 19 but this is the first time police have made a public appeal for information.

The victim is still to make a full recovery.

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Detective Constable Chris Loughead, of St Helens CID, said: “This was a cruel and spiteful assault on a man who was walking home from town minding his own business.

"The victim's arm was broken as a result of the incident, leaving him needing an operation to fit a metal plate and screws. He spent five days in hospital, and nearly two months on, he still hasn't made a full recovery from what happened.”

The attack happened shortly after 8pm. It is believed the offenders cycled up behind the victim and hit him on the back of the head, causing him to fall over.

As he fell, his arm became trapped in some railings.

DC Loughead added: "We are now in a position to release CCTV images of two males who we believe may have vital information which could help us with our enquiries.

“I would appeal to the people shown in the pictures, or anyone who recognises them, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

Contact detectives in St Helens CID on 0151 777 6061, or via the police non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.