An innocent man was left in this state after being subjected to a brutal and unprovoked attack i and was unable to speak.

Colin Flett, 52, was found unconscious in Skardu Road, Cricklewood, by paramedics from London Ambulance Service at 11.30pm on Friday (July 7).

His injuries have been described as life-changing.

The assault was not reported to police by his family until days later and Colin spent several weeks unable to speak to either his family or officers waiting to interview him.

His sister told officers that he had been drinking in a pub - the Beaten Docket in Cricklewood Broadway and while sitting outside the pub he bought a blue Reebik pedal cycle from a man who he had not met before.

He left on the cycle, and turned into Skardu Road, where he remembers encountering three men who pushed him off the bike but he can not remember anything more, police said.

Colin Flett, was found unconscious in Skardu Road after being beaten
This photo was taken before the attack

Colin sustained a spinal injury and he had to spend a long time recovering in hospital.

Detective Sergeant Richard Greenwood said: "This was a vicious attack that has left Colin with life-changing injuries, in a very vulnerable state, and has had a devastating effect on his family.

"We would urgently ask any person with information, however inconsequential they may think it is, to come forward and pass this to us directly or via a third party.

"They will be treated in complete confidence."

The men who attacked Colin are all described as being white and aged between 20 to 30.

Anyone with information can call the unit's CID number on 0766 781 861 on or 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at .

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