Do you know these pouting clubbers? Suspected attackers pose for club snap before Wigan reveller battered

By David Keane

Three vicious thugs are being hunted by police after brutally setting upon an innocent reveller in Wigan – and three men wanted over the attack are shown in this party snap, posing and pouting for the camera.

Neil Topping, 53, was in Bliss nightclub on King Street celebrating his brother’s stag party when one of his attackers bumped into him.

An argument ensued, and then the three men began indiscriminately punching Neil and his friends

Neil was knocked out cold, but the thugs kicked him in the head, leaving him hospitalized with a fractured cheekbone and deep cuts to the head.

DEMAND: Police ask three men to contact them

Police Constable Roy Lunio said: “This was a violent attack carried out by three men who had no reason to act as recklessly as they did.

“Not only were Neil and his family’s celebrations ruined, he was hospitalised with injuries I am sure everyone will agree are unpleasant to say the least.”

Police have now released the photo taken of three men they want to speak to over the attack and hope the public can help track them.

The incident began at about 2.25am on Sunday April 14 when a man, thought to be the one on the left in the photo, bumped into Neil and began arguing with him.

Neil’s son tried to intervene, but then a second man – thought to be the one in the middle – began indiscriminately punching their friends and family members.

Then a third man, thought to be the one on the right, punched Neil knocking him out cold – before kicking him in the head while he lay injured on the floor.

BRUTAL: Neil was left hospitalised with a fractured cheekbone and deep cuts

PC Lunio issued a stark warning to the attackers.

“We would like to directly ask the three men pictured to come and speak to Greater Manchester Police before we find them first,” he said.

“We are asking that anyone who knows who these men are call us as soon as possible; you only need to look at the pictures of Neil to understand how serious this matter is.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5958 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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