Published: 15:08, 09 August 2018
| Updated: 17:14, 09 August 2018
A man has been left with horrific facial injuries following a vicious attack carried out by a gang of teenagers.
The victim approached the group of people who were suspected of firing a catapult at homes in Blythe Road, Maidstone.
During the confrontation at around 7.20pm the man was punched and kicked repeatedly during the savage attack at the junction with Square Hill Road.
A passer-by helped rescue him by stopping her car and allowing him in before driving off.
It happened on Friday, July 27 and detectives investigating the assault are now hoping to hear from witnesses.
Property tycoon Fergus Wilson has thrown his hat into the ring, offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to a prosecution.
A police spokesman said: "As part of the ongoing investigation, officers have carried out house to house enquires and are continuing to review any possible CCTV opportunities. They are also urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
"One of the suspects is described as being a teenage boy. He was white, of stocky build and around 5ft 8. He wore a red t-shirt and dark coloured shorts and trainers.
"He was also said to be in possession of a catapult.
"The second suspect was of a similar age and around 5ft 6 tall, with long blond slicked back hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt and blue shorts with a black strip down the side.
"Two other boys in the group are described as being aged between 10 and 12, but were not involved in the alleged assault."
Mr Wilson said: "I've done this a number of times in the past, sometimes it has brought a result and other it unfortunately hasn't, but we must try mustn't we?"
The 69-year-old confirmed he will be sending a letter about the reward to Kent Police today.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference YY/026771/18, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.