Pub-goers targeted by gang of youths ‘throwing coal’

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A MAN was left bloodied and bruised after being struck by a lump of coal outside a Wigan pub.

The 60-year-old victim suffered a split forehead after the projectile was thrown from Aldi car park near to the Cross Keys pub in Ashton.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward as the incident is the latest in a spate of anti-social behaviour in recent weeks in the area.

Pub manager Matt Dawson was standing outside with the man when the projectile was thrown. He said: “The victim and I were in the smoking area, the coal just came flying over and hit him.

“We could see a group of teenagers hanging about on the car park, they’ve been moved off Jubilee Park and are using that as a meeting place. His head was bleeding quite heavily although it could have been a lot more serious.”

Dispersal orders are now in operation around Ashton’s Jubilee Park as authorities attempt to crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Police, fire crews and members of the public have all been attacked by gangs in recent weeks causing many residents to fear for their safety. Former Ashton councillor Claire Daignton was at the Cross Keys when the incident happened.

She said: “Aldi had bags of coal for sale outside the shop and we think they have taken a few pieces to throw. It was very dangerous, we had the ambulance out although the man preferred not to have stitches. There are often youngsters gathered on that car park.”

A GMP spokesman said: “Anyone who could shed any light on this incident – that occurred at just before 9pm on Friday November 15 – should call Wigan Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”