Two young Oldham revellers ‘savagely’ beaten and left unconscious were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time believe police.
The work colleagues, aged 19 and 20, were enjoying a night out on Yorkshire Street, Oldham, and were on their way to a nearby takeaway after leaving a nightclub.
The duo were viciously confronted by two unknown men and, without provocation, they were brutally attacked and left bleeding in the street outside the Chinese Buffet Restaurant.
One of the victims suffered a two-inch cut to their right ear which needed gluing, a broken nose, black eye and several other cuts and bruises.
The other man also suffered a one-inch wound to the right side of his head which also needed gluing.
Detective Constable Gulnaz Akhtar said: “I want people to put themselves in these two young men’s shoes. This sort of savage attack could have happened to any one of us while enjoying a night out, so think how you would feel if you had to go to hospital to have wounds glued?
“Therefore, I want to ask anyone who either witnessed what happened, or know the two men responsible, to come forward and help us get the justice these two men deserve.
“I’m sure they would feel a lot better knowing the culprits are behind bars.”
Officers attended and saw the victims lying on the floor. They gave chase to the two offenders, and arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of section 18 assault. He has been bailed until February 1 pending further inquiries.
The outstanding offender is described as being white, in his 20s, 5ft 8in tall, of a medium build, bald, and wearing a black jumper with a white shirt underneath.
“Thanks to the swift response of the neighbourhood officers, one man has been already been arrested but the other remains at large, so again I would ask anyone who has information to call us immediately,” DC Akhtar added.
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8952 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.