POLICE in Wigan are appealing for the public’s help to trace the last movements of a man before he was seriously assaulted.
It happened in the early hours of the morning on Saturday (August 2) in the Higher Ince area of Wigan.
The 50-year-old man had been in Manchester on Friday evening and got the train back to Wigan Wallgate at around 11.20pm and arrived at Ince station shortly before midnight.
He thinks he took what he believes to be a short cut to Wigan town centre, but only recalls walking along a tarmac path with trees nearby.
He then heard the sound of footsteps rushing towards him and felt a blow to the left side of his head. He recalls being punched and kicked to the head.
The next clear memory the man had was him walking along the street, seeing a KFC and being placed in an ambulance and taken to hospital.
When officers checked local authority cameras he is seen to walk along Ince Green Lane at about 5.45am with apparent facial injuries. A passerby stops him and calls for an ambulance.
The victim sustained serious facial injuries including a fractured right orbit and a split upper lip that requires surgery.
Detective Constable Rachel Forsythe from Wigan division, said: “This is a really nasty assault with no apparent motive, the victim didn’t have any property stolen and doesn’t think he was involved in any sort of altercation.
“There is a large time frame during which this assault occurred and the location has not yet been identified.
“I have done a check of the local area and I think it is possible that the assault occurred somewhere in the William Foster playing field.
“The victim is a white man, aged 50, of medium build with short dark/greying hair and he was wearing khaki coloured trousers, a black t-shirt, a light grey zip up hooded top and white and blue trainers.
“I am appealing for anyone who may have seen a man matching this description in the early hours of Saturday morning around this area.
“If you have any information about the incident please contact the police as soon as possible so we can find those responsible and put them behind bars before they commit a further offence.”
Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.