DETECTIVES investigating a brutal attack which left a woman unconscious have released CCTV footage.
It is hoped the images will help trace four suspects who were involved in two assaults on Laverockbank Road, Newhaven, last month.
The incident started when a 34-year-old man was attacked by one of the gang outside the Starbank Inn at around 1am on May 31.
His companion, a 28-year-old woman, tried to intervene - but the three other suspects then got involved in the attack, and she was knocked unconscious. The four attackers - believed to be three men and a woman - then fled the scene, leaving their victims on the pavement.
It is understood that the two victims initially declined medical help after the incident, but went to the doctor several days later because they were in so much pain.
Both of them suffered facial fractures and other injuries, and the incident is being treated as a serious assault by police.
The three male suspects are all described as being in their 30s and 40s, while the woman is believed to be around 5ft 6in tall, with a medium build.
She had long dark hair and was wearing a black jacket at the time of the assault.
The first man is described as 5ft 10in with a medium build, a shaved head and a distinctive heart tattoo with a keyhole on his right forearm.
The second suspect is around 5ft 11in with a heavy build, short dark hair and was wearing a dark jacket, while the third man was of a slim build, 5ft 10in tall and wearing a light-coloured shirt.
Both parties had been drinking in the Starbank Inn before the attack.
Detective Sergeant Robert Richardson said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack. which has left the victims with significant injuries.
“The people within the CCTV footage are of interest to our investigation and anyone who recognises them is asked to come forward.
“In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to these incidents should also contact police immediately.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.