Updated: Monday, 16th July 2018 @ 6:15pm

Manchester man left only able to consume liquids on Christmas Day after unprovoked street attack shatters jaw

Manchester man left only able to consume liquids on Christmas Day after unprovoked street attack shatters jaw

By John McDougall

An unprovoked attack in Withington over the festive period left a man with a broken jaw and needing surgery – police are now appealing to the public to help catch the culprit.

The 40-year-old man was walking on Wilmslow Road with his cousin at 2am on Christmas Day, when he was struck by an unidentified offender with an unknown object.

The callous attack fractured his jaw in two places – leaving him able to eat only soup and cereal – and police are appealing for information about the incident.

Detective Constable Craig Barry said: “This man had his Christmas holiday ruined as a result of a totally needless and unprovoked assault.

“He may also require further surgery, so is understandably upset.

“The best remedy we can give him is to find the culprit and bring him or her to justice.”

The attack happened after the pair passed a large disturbance near the library involving complete strangers.

Given the victim was unable to describe his attacker, Detective Constable Barry believes one of these strangers could offer a description and has urged them to come forward.

He said: "I would appeal to anyone who was part of the disturbance the victim stumbled upon, or perhaps witnessed what happened, to come forward so we can fill in the blanks."

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