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Manhunt for gang of thugs after horrifying unprovoked street attack on British family in holiday resort

Mirror logo Mirror 28/04/2016 By Louie Smith

© Provided by Mirror Thai police are hunting a gang who carried out a horrific attack on three British tourists.

The family - a mum, dad and their son - were celebrating Thai New Year when they were approached by a gang of youths.

CCTV images show that following a brief argument all three were punched to the ground where they were repeatedly kicked.

The most shocking part of the attack came when the woman - believed to be in her 60s or 70s tried to sit back up.

As she raised her head off the ground a Thai man kicked her straight in the jaw, instantly knocking her unconscious.

One eyewitness described the brutal attack on an online forum and claimed the gang deliberately targeted Western tourists.

He wrote: "The girls in the bar I was in all night waved goodbye to two elderly customers and their son...

"My wife and I followed only seconds after them.

"Within 20/30 meters of leaving the bar the Thais were punching the 65-year-old old lady in the face.

© Provided by Mirror "The elderly gentleman was down on the floor, and their son was beaten very badly."

"At this point I caught up to the scene and pushed one of the youths away from the woman," he continued.

"I got severely punched and kicked for my troubles, but felt the need to protect this frail lady.

"The three of them are still hospitalised, and I will need cosmetic dental work done."

The attack happened in the early hours of April 13 during Songkran festivities, which is when Thais celebrate new year.

The British family had enjoyed a night out in the beach resort of Hua Hin - located 250km from the capital of Bangkok - when they were involved in an argument.

The trio, all wearing shorts and sandals, appeared to be trying to reason with the men who had approached them.

But suddenly a Thai struck the British man in the head and theincident quickly developed into a full-blown melee.

Just seconds later all three Brits were lying prone on the ground.

Local police are sharing the video footage to help arrest those responsible.

They reportedly have two of the attackers in custody and are trying to identify two more.

© Provided by Mirror Anyone one who has information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact officers at Hua Hin police station.

The current condition of the three victims is not yet known.

Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand, which is popular among Bangkok residents.

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