Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to an assault in Bletchley in the early hours of Saturday.
The victim, a 39-year-old man, was walking home along the V4 Watling Street, near to the Tesco petrol station, when he was approached by three men.
One of the offenders asked the victim if he had any cigarettes. The victim removed his earphones and asked the man to repeat what he had said.
All three offenders then started to punch the victim repeatedly to the body. During the assault his mobile phone was knocked from his hand and this was stolen.
The victim eventually managed to break free and ran home.
PC Laura White, who is investigating the incident, said: “The victim suffered nasty bruising to his eye in the incident but did not require hospital treatment.
“His stolen phone is a silver Nokia C7. The only description we have of the offenders at this time is that they are three white men, who all wore dark clothing and spoke with local accents.”
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact PC White via the Force enquiry centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.