Police hunt bottle face slasher

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A MAN needed stitches after his face was repeatedly slashed with a broken bottle.

Police today appealed for information about the attack which happened on Wigan Road in Bryn on Saturday April 18 between 12.30am and 1.10am.

The 36-year-old victim was walking down the main road towards the Landgate Estate and as he reached the Golden Ball pub he was approached by two strangers and one asked for a light. The victim produced his lighter at which point he was pushed with both hands and cash was demanded.

One of the men produced a broken bottle from his coat pocket and struck the victim three times in the face. The first offender snatched the victim’s wallet from his coat pocket and both ran off towards Edmund Collins Park.

The man was treated in hospital and needed stitches to close the wound. He is currently unable to work due to his injuries.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information about the attack to come forward.

The first thug is described as being white, about 5ft 11ins tall, 18 years old and of a slim build. He was wearing a black hooded top. The second man was white with brown hair, about 5ft 2ins tall, of a stockier build and also wearing a black hooded top.

PC Lynsey Watson, of the Volume Crime Team at Wigan, said: “These two men left their victim bleeding from slash wounds he sustained and all for what? A few pounds.

“Anytime a broken bottle is used it has the potential to permanently scar or even kill someone, so it is vital we find these dangerous offenders.

“The victim is unable to work at the moment due to his injuries so it is vital for his peace of mind that we find those responsible and bring them to justice.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened to call us immediately, or if you suspect who might be responsible then we need to hear from you.

“The victim remembers hearing car noises as he was being attacked, so if you were driving on Wigan Road and saw something again, we need to hear from you.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5308 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.