A 56-year-old man suffered a fractured skull after being punched in the face at the weekend.

At around 11pm on Sunday, the victim heard a car being revved outside his property in Gayhurst Road, High Wycombe.

He went out and approached the car, and the driver drove the car at the victim.

He got out of the way but the driver got out of his car and punched the victim on the right side of his face, causing him to become unconscious and fall to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement.

Police said he suffered a serious injury.

The attacker has been described as a black man, of a muscular build. There were also two other men in the car with him, described as black and Asian.

Police said the vehicle involved is believed to be a black Nissan Qashqai with chrome-style alloy wheels, and had a suspected registration of W18.

The victim was taken to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, where he remains in a stable condition.

Investigating officer detective constable Daniel Tucker, of Force CID based at High Wycombe police station, said: “Although this happened late in the evening, I am appealing to anybody who may have seen the incident, or who knows who the offenders are, to make contact with police.

“The victim sustained a significant head injury as a result of the impact on the ground.”

He said residents would see an increased police presence in the area in the coming few days as they continue to investigate the incident, and officers will conduct house-to-house enquiries to identify the attacker and “bring him to justice”.

Anyone with information is being urged to call 101 quoting reference 43180207402, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.