POLICE are hunting for two youngsters after an elderly man was punched and spat at on a busy Wigan road.
Detectives have launched a desperate appeal for witnesses following the assault on Woodhouse Lane, Beech Hill on Sunday April 12.
The victim, described by police as “an elderly male” was by himself and walking home close to the Morrisons Local and Army Reserve between 9.40pm and 9.50pm.
He was then approached by two youths on a pedal bike – one giving a taxi on the back of the bike to the other – who began to weave in and out of the his path, making him move out of the way.
When the pair did it again, in an unprovoked attack, one of them striked the victim to the face.
The man then challenged the two youths who stopped the bike, at which point one of them alighted and punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the floor.
While on the floor the same youth was about to kick the victim, but after the man pleaded for him not to he refrained.
However, the young thug proceeded to spit on him several times whilst he was left on the floor.
Both offenders then made off on the bicycle.
The two boys are described as aged between 14 and 16 years old, one being 6ft in dark clothing and the second youth being 5ft 6ins in dark clothing.
Glenn Jones, Wigan West Neighbourhood Policing Inspector stated, “This act of violence was an unprovoked attack. The two violent offenders preyed upon a vulnerable member of the public.
“If anybody has any information to assist police in bringing these offenders to justice, I would urge you to contact Police or crimestoppers as soon as possible.”
If you have any information that can assist police with this matter please call police using 101 or 0161 856 7124. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.