Police are hunting three yobs who scarred a doctor for life when they launched an unprovoked attack as he walked home.
The medic was heading home after a night out at 3am on April 30 when the trio assaulted him for no reason.
Their 37-year-old victim, who has not been named, needed eight stitches after he was left with deep cuts by his right ear and has been told he will have permanent scars.
The attack, in Birmingham City Centre, began when the three thugs approached the unsuspecting doctor, who works as a paediatrician at the city's Children's Hospital, and asked him for the time.
One of them them struck him over the back of the head with an unknown weapon, leaving the deep scars.
The attackers are described as in their twenties. Two were wearing black hooded tops and the third a white top with a red hood.
DC Andrew Hiles, from West Midlands Police, said: “I can only describe this attack as cowardly and unprovoked. The man had been walking back home following an evening out when he was set upon.
"I am keen to hear from anyone who may have information about the attack or who may have been in the area at the time."