A DRINKER was dragged from a pub in a headlock and left with a broken nose and fractured cheekbone when he was rounded on by a gang of men.
The man had been socialising in Durham City pubs and headed to the Coach and Eight, next to Framwellgate Bridge, where he took up a place at the bar.
At 10.30pm, two hours after he arrived, he went to the toilets where he was confronted by a man who accused him of making a mess in the gents’.
Police say the victim was grabbed and put in a headlock before he was dragged outside.
He was pushed out of the exit, which leads on to the stone steps which head up to Framwellgate Bridge and the riverside.
The attacker shouted at the victim, repeating the accusations, which the victim denied.
Others went outside and the victim found himself surrounded.
One of the group threw a punch at him hitting the left side of his face.
Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in relation to the incident, which happened on Thursday, June 9.
One is about 25, 5ft 3ins tall and stocky.
He had short dark hair, facial stubble and wore a yellow jumper, dark trousers or jeans, white shoes or trainers.
The second was in his early 20s, aboutd 6ft tall and slim.
He had short spiky blond hair, shaped to a V at the back, and wore jeans and denim jacket with a light coloured T-shirt underneath, and black shoes or trainers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police on 0345 60 60 365, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.