Derbyshire Constabulary confirmed this man is "purely a witness". Picture: Derbyshire Police

Police in Derbyshire are appealing for a potential witness to an assault  in Sawley to come forward.

The victim suffered a broken jaw, facial injuries and lost a tooth.

On Friday January 11, police reported that a 50-year-old man had been assaulted and later hospitalised with his injuries.

This man is believed to have had a small dog with him during the incident.

Detective Constable Andy Hardy, officer in the case, said: “Following our initial appeal for witnesses last week, we now believe that the man pictured may have been a witness to this assault.

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The police would like to reaffirm this man is “purely a witness”, and that they would “like to speak to him about what he may have seen that evening.”

The incident took place between 7:20pm and 7:40pm in the Wilmot Street Area of Sawley.

If you do have information which may assist, please contact the force quoting reference number 19*17292, quoting Detective Constable Andy Hardy.

Detectives are continuing to investigate.