A Good Samaritan helped the victim of a savage attack after he was left with a broken jaw.

The victim, a 19-year-old man, was assaulted by a number of men in Otterspool Lane, Watford, between 1pm and 1.30pm on Wednesday (April 3).

He fell to the floor and passed out and when he regained consciousness, his attackers had left.

The victim got up and walked for a time before flagging down a passing car near Top Golf.

The member of the public, who is described as a white man aged in his 40s or 50s, was driving a green Jeep-style vehicle and agreed to give him a lift.

When the victim got home, he told his family what had happened and they took him to hospital for treatment.

Police are hoping to trace the man who helped the victim.

Detective Inspector Mike Hanson said: “We are keen to trace and speak to the gentleman in the jeep who kindly assisted the victim after he was subjected to this brutal attack. If this was you, or one of your friends or family members, please get in touch with as soon as possible.

“We would like to reassure the community that we believe the people involved in this incident are known to one another and we are not treating this as a random attack.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault or saw any suspicious activity in the area. The location of the attack is on a country lane that leads to Aldenham Golf Club, so we believe there may have been people walking their dogs in the area at the time.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Chris Parperi in the Watford Local Crime Unit on chris.parperi@herts.pnn.police.uk, report information online at www.herts.police.uk/Report or speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via online web chat, quoting reference 41/30458/19.

Online web chat can be launched here: www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/About-us/Contact

You can also call the non-emergency number 101, and ask for Herts Police.

Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.