Two group assaults in the space of two hours in Moss Side have left police probing a link between them.
The first incident happened at around 5.30am on Sunday, Greame Street in Moss Side when a fight broke out between a group of men, hospitalising one man with a head injury ‘that could have been fatal’.
And at 7.40am, a 24-year-old man was subjected to a vicious assault by three men close to the junction of Tydesley Street and was left with a possible bleed on the brain. One man has been arrested in connection with the attack.
Detective Inspector Kevin Mariott, from South Manchester division, said: “These incidents happened a few hours apart and we are trying to establish if they are linked in anyway.”
Police patrols spotted the first incident in progress but the group dispersed and the majority of the men had left by the time officers reached the scene.
Some fled in a silver car which drove off at speed.
A 30-year-old man was found unconscious on the floor, and he was taken to Hope hospital with a suspected head injury, but his injuries are less serious than initially though and he is recovering well.
“There was a fight between a large group of men which has left a man recovering in a hospital bed,” said Detective Inspector Mariott.
“While his injuries are not serious, it is no exaggeration to say that the consequences of this assault could have been fatal.
“We know there will have been witnesses to this incident and we are keen to hear from anyone with any information about the assault.”
In the second incident, the victim remains in hospital with multiple head injuries and is receiving treatment for a possible bleed on the brain and a fractured nose.
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody for questioning.
Detective Inspector Mariott said: “A few hours later three men attacked another man yards down the street, although one man has been arrested in connection with this incident, we need to hear from anyone who has information which may lead to the other suspects being identified.”
“If you were out in the early hours of this morning and saw what happened in either of the incidents, come forward and tell me what you know.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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