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Trio charged following brutal alleged assault in East Melbourne

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WARNING: VIDEO MAY BE DISTRESSING TO SOME VIEWERS

Three men have been charged following an alleged assault in East Melbourne last week.

A 27-year-old and 24-year-old, both from Fitzroy North, and a 27-year-old East Melbourne man have all been charged with intentionally cause injury, recklessly cause injury and other assault-related offences.

The trio were bailed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 4 December.

The charges relate to the alleged assault of two men, aged 61 and 45, on Wellington Parade about 12.10am.

The 27 and 24-year-olds from Fitzroy North were arrested in Fitzroy North on Friday night and the third man was arrested when he presented to Richmond Police Station.

It comes as police released vision of the brutal incident on Wellington Parade just after midnight Thursday.

A verbal altercation took place between three men and the two victims, who were subsequently allegedly assaulted.

Both of the victims, aged 61 and 45, were taken to hospital for treatment following the incident.

See the vision below

The 61-year-old from Rosebud was allegedly punched to the head approximately 17 times with the offender then stomping on him while his 45-year-old friend from Mount Evelyn was assaulted by the two other offenders.

The offenders then allegedly fled the scene on foot and were last seen running towards Clarendon Street and the Fitzroy Gardens.

The 61-year-old suffered serious facial injuries while the 45-year-old is being treated for a possible broken arm.

Victoria Police Commander Tim Hansen says the footage speaks for itself and is among the worst he has seen.

He said it started as a verbal altercation, and out of nowhere the pair were set upon and “severely assaulted”.

“I’ve seen the footage, this is is right up there, as far as brutality goes,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“It’s really disturbing. I have been doing this job coming up to 30 years I’ve seen some pretty significant stuff, and that’s up there.”

Click PLAY to hear more from police over the disturbing attack

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