A MAN dressed as Elvis celebrating his own stag do has been left with horrific injuries by a street attack.
The 33-year-old was beaten unconscious and suffered three fractures to his jaw during the early hours battering in Ashton-in-Makerfield town centre.
Bizarrely his assailant went on to apologise when the victim came round.
Police today appealed for witness to the onslaught outside Rainbow Taxis on Wigan Road, at about 5.45am on Sunday November 16.
The victim had been enjoying a night out with his friends celebrating his forthcoming wedding and was waiting for a taxi when he was approached by the stranger, who initially asked him for a cigarette.
Without provocation, the stranger then punched the man in the face, knocking him unconscious. When he came to moments later his attacker was still there and apologised for his actions as the victim got a taxi to Wigan Infirmary where he underwent surgery to his shattered jaw.
The assailant is described as white, bald and wearing a grey or dark jumper.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
Det Con Cameron Hackett said: “Quite what prompted the offender to launch into a totally unprovoked and needless attack only he can know.
“Maybe he took exception to what the victim was wearing or maybe he was just drunk but whatever his motive, it was a senseless attack on a man who was simply out celebrating his upcoming nuptials.
“This is no laughing matter, as this man will remember his stag do for all the wrong reasons. He had to undergo surgery to repair three breaks to his jaw not to mention the emotional upheaval at a time when he should be planning for the happiest day of his life.
“We need to find whomever is responsible for this attack so I would appeal to anyone who has information to come forward.
“If you witnessed the altercation at the taxi rank or you suspect who may have been involved, then please call us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.