A MAN spent Christmas Eve in hospital after being assaulted in a wooded area off Cliddesden Road.

Police received reports of an assault off Cliddesden Road, near Queen Mary’s College, at around 4.35pm on December 24.

A 48-year-old man was attacked and had to be taken to Basingstoke hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are described as minor.

Detective Constable Brent Williams said: “We would like to hear from anyone who may be able to assist us with our investigation.

“We know that this wooded area is used by dog walkers – did you see what happened?”

A 33-year-old man from Basingstoke was arrested in connection with this incident. He has been released from custody but remains under investigation.

If anyone saw the incident or has any further information they are asked to contact the police on 101 quoting 44170497884.