A MAN who was attacked in Barnsley Interchange had to have surgery - after thugs beat him with his own walking stick.

The police are appealing for witnesses who may have information about the unprovoked assault, which took place on October 8.

Two brothers, a 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old man, were asleep on a bench at the transport hub at around 4.30am.

Police believe that they were woken when a girl began to remove clothing from one of their bags. It's then alleged that the brothers were subjected to an assault by two men who were with the girl at the time.

Officers believe that the 28-year-old man attempted to help his brother, however as he walked with the assistance of a crutch, he fell to the floor.

Police then believe that one of the unknown men grabbed the crutch and began to beat the elder brother, while he was on the floor.

The two unknown men and girl are thought to have left the area, still carrying the crutch, when they were disturbed.

The 28-year-old man was taken to hospital where he suffered from a broken arm, which required surgery, and a broken nose along with bruises and cuts.

The 27-year-old man suffered from bruising and a number of grazes.

The girl is described as white, between 15 and 16 years old. She is thought to be around 5ft 2ins, slightly overweight with short blonde hair. She is believed to be wearing a blue blouse and blue trousers.

The first man is described as white, between 16 and 18 years old. He is thought to be around 5ft 2ins tall of slim build with short black hair with very short sides, which may have been dyed a light colour.

The second man is described as white, between 19 and 21 years old. He is thought to be of medium build with short black hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 65 of October 8.