A 25-year-old Crawley man was left with a fractured skull after he got into an argument with ten men.
Police have released CCTV footage after he was attacked in Queens Road near Brighton railway station just after 3am on November 22.
A spokesman said he and a mixed group of three friends were heading to the station to return home. They were involved in an altercation with two of the group of about ten men, one of whom punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground.
Police enquiries had led to a CCTV image of some of the group that was captured in a store close to where the incident took place, shortly beforehand.
Detective Constable James Botting said: “This was a nasty assault, which led to the victim being taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with a fractured skull, along with internal bleeding, facial and leg injuries.
“We believe that his attacker was among the group and that some of them are in the photo from Budgens supermarket just outside the station. If you recognise any of them or indeed, are one of them yourself, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial 191 of 22/11.”
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