Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is looking for two youths who left a 28-year-old man with multiple facial fractures following an unprovoked assault in Wigan.
The attack took place at around 6.40pm on Monday 2 November 2015, when the victim was walking along Dorning Street, Wigan, on his way home from work.
Upon seeing the group of youths walking towards him, he saw crossed the road to avoid them.
However after they had passed by him on the other side of the road, two of the group broke off from the others and flanked the victim.
The youths punched him to the side of the head, causing him to fall to the ground, before kicking him while he lay helpless on the pavement.
The pair then ran off along King Street West. The victim suffered multiple facial fractures and extensive bruising as a result of the attack.
Of the attackers, the first offender is described as white, between 15 and 16 years old and had mousey brown hair. He was wearing a blue tracksuit.
The second offender was described as white, tall, between 15 and 16 years old and was wearing a red jacket.
GMP is appealing for witnesses even if people think their information is insubstantial. Detective Constable Matthew Higham said: “As a result of this pair’s reprehensible actions, the victim required surgery to his face and had a metal plate fitted to his cheek bone”.