Assault victim could lose his eye

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A MAN may lose the sight in one eye after he was subjected to a vicious attack in Wigan town centre.

It was at about 4.20am on Sunday that police were called by paramedics to say a brutal assault had taken place outside the Ibiza bar on King Street.

Officers found a 26-year-old man with a serious injury to his eye and eye socket. He was taken to hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Early inquiries suggest the victim had been in a verbal altercation with a group of men both inside and outside the nightclub, a few moments before he was attacked.

A fight erupted between the 26-year-old and one of the men. Others in the group got involved and the victim was punched in the face a number of times and was left in the road.

His assailants left in the direction of Wallgate.

Police are now appealing to anyone who witnessed the assault or has information about what happened to come forward.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington from Wigan division, said: “Our main concern is that a young man has been seriously assaulted and has been left with a serious injury which could result in the loss of his eye.

“We want to hear from anyone who saw or knows something that might be relevant to our investigation.

“At this time of night, there would have been people around the area who may have seen this attack or saw the men running away.

“I would also urge anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible to come forward and speak to us. Imagine if this was your son, brother, cousin, or close friend who was ill in hospital, you would want answers.

“We all have a responsibility to ensure that a night out is a good experience and does not escalate into drunken violence that compromises people’s safety.

“We want people to enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Greater Manchester, but to do it responsibly, and avoid trouble by walking away.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Wigan police on 0161 856 7259 / 7967 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.