A MAN celebrating his brother’s stag party was battered unconscious and kicked in the head in a savage nightclub attack.
Neil Topping came under the sustained attack while a wider disturbance broke out in Wigan town centre during the early hours of the morning.
But the thugs who attacked him had earlier made the mistake of having their picture taken by the club’s in-house photographer. That image was issued by police today.
Mr Topping, 53, had been with members of his family celebrating at the Bliss nightclub on King Street in the early hours of Sunday April 14, when he got into an argument with a man who bumped into him and knocked him to the side.
The victim’s son stepped in to calm the argument down and they both left the club, with other friends and family members.
But while the group was walking down the street, the man with whom Mr Topping had been arguing went up to him, along with two other men.
As the argument continued, the first man punched a member of the Topping family to the face while one of the accomplices then started to lash out.
The third man then punched Mr Topping in the face, knocking him out cold and the second man then kicked him in the head as he lay prone on the ground.
The trio then ran away.
Police released an image of the three suspects taken by the official photographer for the nightclub earlier that night.
The man who first got into an argument with Mr Topping is on the left, the man who threw punches at the group is in the middle, and the man who knocked the victim out cold is on the right.
Officers have also issued pictures of Mr Topping’s injuries. He needed treatment in hospital to a fractured left cheekbone and deep cuts to the forehead.
PC Roy Lunio said: “This was a violent attack carried out by three men who had no reason to act as recklessly as they did.
“Not only were Neil and his family’s celebrations ruined, he was hospitalised with injuries I am sure everyone will agree are unpleasant to say the least. “We would like to directly ask the three men pictured to come and speak to Greater Manchester Police before we find them first.
“We are asking that anyone who knows who these men are call us as soon as possible; you only need to look at the pictures of Neil to understand how serious this matter is.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5958 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.