A man fought off a group of eight youths who ambushed him as he walked through Bolsover town centre.
The 33-year-old man, who suffered facial cuts, was walking through the former Co-op car park, off Oxcroft Lane, when the teenagers stopped him and asked for cash. A scuffle followed.
The youths were white, aged 16 to 18 with local accents.
n Call Bolsover CID on 101.