Detectives have released CCTV footage of two men they would like to speak to after a man was brutally assaulted in an unprovoked attack.
Police were called to Three Colts Street, at the junction with Commercial Road, E14, at 03:01hrs on 3 July 2016 to reports that a man had been assaulted.
The 27-year-old victim was walking along Three Colts Street with two friends at about 02:45hrs when he was approached by two black males.
A comment was made to the victim and when he turned around, one of the men punched him in the face causing him to fall to the floor. One of the suspects then pulled out a belt and repeatedly hit the victim in the face with it.
His two friends intervened and the suspects fled in an unknown direction.
The victim suffered a fractured cheekbone in the attack and was required to have an urgent operation to save his eye. The motive for the attack is unknown. Nothing was stolen.
Police are keen to speak to the men in the CCTV in connection with the incident.
Suspect one is described as a black male, about 28 to 32 years old with tied back braids.
Suspect two is described as a black male, about 28 to 30 years old, with braided hair that sprouts out to the sides.
Detective Constable Ami Henderson, the investigating officer from Tower Hamlets' Community Safety Unit, said:
"This was a vicious, unprovoked attack that has left the victim extremely distressed. This area would have been busy at this time as people left pubs and bars nearby. I would urge any witnesses or anyone with any information, no matter how small or insignificant it seems, to contact us so we can bring those responsible to justice."
Any witnesses or anyone with information can call Tower Hamlets' Community Safety Unit on 0207 2754601 or via 101 or @MetCC.
Information can also be reported anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police arrested a 24-year-old in connection with the incident on 13 October 2016 on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent. He has been re-bailed to return on a date in mid-February.