Witnesses are being sought for an assault that occurred in Barnstaple earlier this month.

POLICE are appealing for information following an assault in Barnstaple earlier this month.

The male victim was walking through the churchyard of Trinity Church at around 2pm on April 5, when he was attacked by two people.

A woman, who is believed to have red hair, approached the victim and began to punch him.

She was joined by the male suspect who joined in the attack, causing the victim to fall to the floor.

The male suspect is believed to have carried a walking stick.

After the attack, the victim was left with bumps to his head and a reddening of the neck.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward, and believe there was a man walking in the churchyard at the time of the incident who they wish to speak to.

A 31-year-old man from Ilfracombe and a 22-year-old woman from Barnstaple have been released on bail after being arrested in connection with the assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting reference CB/12/1173.