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Man attacked in Staylbridge

August 21, 2012, 1:12 pm

The victim, 59, was walking home from a Stalybridge pub between midnight and 00.20am on Monday 20 August 2012 when he was attacked.

He had just left the Legenz pub and was walking along High Street towards Dukinfield when he stumbled into a man close to the traffic lights at the junction of Gorse Hall Drive and Caroline Street.

After a brief altercation, a second man who is believed to have been an associate of the first ran across the road and punched the victim in the face with such force it knocked him to the ground. As he fell he banged his head on the ground, leaving him unconscious.

A passer-by, who has not been identified, stopped to help the man and called the ambulance although it is unclear if this person witnessed the actual attack.

The man suffered a nasty head injury, sustaining a two to three inch cut to the back of his head and also a bleed to his brain. He also suffered soreness to his jaw. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Police are now appealing to anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward. In particular, officers want to hear from the passer-by who stopped to help the injured man.

The man offender is described as being white, of a slim build, in his 20s, about 5ft 10in tall and wearing a grey hooded top with the hood down. The other man was white, of a slim build, in his 20s, about 5ft 6in tall with short dark hair.

Detective Constable Steve Robinson, of Tameside CID, said: “Luckily this man did not sustain life-changing injuries. But this is purely by chance not design. Anytime someone is struck to the head and hits their head on the ground, there is a potential for that person to sustain life-threatening injuries so in some respects he has been lucky.

“However I’m sure he does not consider himself to be lucky given the totally unprovoked and unnecessary attack he was subjected to. It is therefore so important we trace the offender and give this man the justice he deserves.

“I would like to make a direct appeal to the person who stopped to help and call the emergency services. We have not identified this person but not only do they have crucial information that could assist us, but I’m sure the victim would like to thank this person for their potentially life-saving intervention.

“I would also appeal to anyone who might have information about this nasty attack to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information should call Tameside CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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