Pair attacked by thug with a pool cue

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A MAN was knocked unconscious after he was attacked with a pool cue in Wigan.

The 20-year-old man and his 22-year-old friend were viciously attacked near to a railway bridge on Warrington Road after they walked across Alexandra Park in Newtown, at around 9.30pm on Saturday (April 18).

By any stretch of the imagination, it was a savage attack that left two men needing hospital treatment so we need to find the culprits

DC Brendan Greally

The pair were making their way home after a night out but while they were walking through the park they were confronted by a man who rapidly became verbally aggressive.

In order to avoid any trouble, the two friends walked away and onto Warrington Road to carry on their journey home.

But as they passed under the railway bridge, the pair were again confronted by this man only this time he was with three or four other men. The aggressive man was also armed with a pool cue.

He used the weapon to strike both men in the heads, knocking the 20-year-old man unconscious.

The other man was also knocked to the floor and as they both lay defenceless, they were repeatedly punched and kicked until members of the public - realising the level of violence - intervened and broke the attack up.

This prompted the offenders to run off back towards Alexandra Park.

Both victims were later treated in hospital for injuries to their face and heads.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

The offender with the pool cue was described as being white, about 5ft 10in tall, skinny and wearing black clothing. One of the other offenders was also white, about 5ft 5in tall and wearing a black top, black trousers and black shoes. Another was said to be wearing a green hooded top while another was riding a BMX or mountain bike.

Detective Constable Brendan Greally said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on two men who had been on a night out and were minding their own business.

“They were confronted by the offender who, mistakenly believing they had said something, rounded up some of his ‘friends’ to take part in a totally unnecessary and brutal attack on the two victims, attacking them with a pool cue and then repeatedly punching and kicking them while they lay on the ground.

“By any stretch of the imagination, it was a savage attack that left two men needing hospital treatment so we need to find the culprits.

“I would urge anyone who either recognises the offenders from the descriptions we have given, or who witnessed the attack itself which happened near to the railway bridge on Warrington Road, to come forward.

“We need to establish who these men are so we can arrest them and give the victims some sense of justice.”

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