|Man savagely attacked
A man is in hospital needing surgery after he was savagely attacked in Wigan.
The 43-year-old was viciously assaulted at about 8.45pm on Saturday 10 October 2009 on Lord Street in Hindley.
Police were called to reports of a large group of youths on the street and shortly afterwards the victim was found unconscious having been attacked. It is also believed he was repeatedly kicked in the head while on the floor.
The victim had been at the Balmoral pub watching the Super League Final and at about 8.30pm called his wife to say he was on his way home. His next memory was walking up in the hospital with a head injury and an inch of his bottom lip missing, along with his wallet and mobile phone.
Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.
Detective Constable Rob Kitchen, of Wigan CID, said: "This man had been out enjoying the rugby when he was set upon by a group of men who attacked him and gave him a pretty savage beating.
"Because the victim cannot remember it, we do not know why he was attacked, by how many people and what their descriptions are. However, we do know these men really did lay into him and the victim remains in hospital and may need plastic surgery for his facial injuries.
"This sort of mindless assault has left the victim and his family traumatised and his attackers need to be caught.
"Because it happened shortly after the international football and rugby matches, there are likely to have been a lot of people who may have seen this assault or saw a large group of men behaving aggressively in the area. If you did, then please come forward as we need to speak to you."
Anyone with information is asked to call Wigan CID on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.