Police are now treating a brutal six-man attack that left a man in Bolton with a broken nose and damage to his eye as racially motivated.
At around 1.45am on Sunday 1 March near Back Cheapside in Bolton town centre, the man was approached by the first group of three men whilst stood by his car with two women; the attack then launched was entirely unprovoked and involved all three victims receiving punches and kicks to their bodies, with the man being knocked unconscious.
A second group of three men arrived and continued to assault the victims, making racist remarks.
Police have released an image of three men they believe to be connected to the assault and are appealing to the public to come forward if anyone recognises any of the men or witnessed the attacks.
Of the first group of men, all of whom are described as Asian, one was wearing a black top, possibly a shirt, dark blue trousers and black shoes. The second had a black jacket with white lining, a red T-shirt or polo shirt, dark blue jeans, black shoes and was possibly wearing a hat. The third was wearing a dark T-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.
Constable Rick Charlesworth said: “For reasons that are unclear, this man and the two women he was with were set upon by two different groups of men. As a result of this savage and unprovoked attack, the man was knocked unconscious, sustained a broken nose and damage to his eye.
“During the second attack, racist and defamatory comments were made about the victims’ ethnicity.
“We now need to find all six men who were involved and we have issued a picture of three men we need to speak to as part of our inquiries. If you recognise any of these men then please call us.
“Alternatively, I want to hear from anyone who witnessed the attacks which happened near the Mawdelsey Street area. If you saw what happened, or have any information as to what prompted this attack then please contact the police.”
If you have any information then please call the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.