A MANHUNT has been launched after an unprovoked punch in Wigan town centre left a man with a fractured skull.
At around 12.40am on Sunday July 6, the 31-year-old was waiting to catch a coach on Clarence Yard, between Wallgate and King Street West.
He was approached by a man who started talking to him before, without warning, he was punched to the face.
The victim fell to the floor and hit his head on a step. The offender then walked off with another man.
He is described as being white, in his mid to late 20s, 6ft tall, of stocky build, with short mousey coloured hair.
He had a goatee beard and was wearing a dark grey long sleeved top. The second male is described as being white, in his late 20’s wearing dark clothing.
Detective Constable Kath Andrews said: “The victim had enjoyed a day out at the races before going into Wigan town centre for the rest of the night. He was waiting for his coach with a relative to take him home to the Dudley area of the West Midlands when this man walked up to him and attacked him without provocation.
“He was hit with such force, he fell to the ground and hit his head, suffering a fractured skull and perforated ear drum. He has been in a lot of pain following the assault and is lucky his injuries were not more serious.
“I would ask anyone who was near Clarence Yard, which is an alleyway running between Wallgate and King Street West, and witnessed the attack, to contact police.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7124 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.