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Stitches required after unprovoked attack
Tuesday 12th January, 2010

A man needed stitches after he was attacked in Wigan.

He was assaulted as he left a nightclub on King Street at about 1am on 21 December 2009.

As the 30-year-old victim walked onto College Avenue, an alleyway linking King Street to Library Street, he was confronted by three men who offered him drugs.

When the victim refused, one of the gang punched him in the face, leaving him with a cut to his lip that needed four stitches to close at hospital.

The offender is described as white, in his early 20s, about 6ft tall, of medium build and with distinctive blonde spikey hair. He was wearing a light and dark blue striped jumper and dark trousers, and spoke with a Skelmersdale accent.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

Detective Constable Kath Andrews, from Wigan CID, said: "Unprovoked violence like this gives Wigan a bad - and unfair - reputation. These sorts of incidents are isolated and we are working extremely hard with licensees and the local council to make sure Wigan is a safe place.

"Unfortunately, there is always one person who behaves in such a cowardly manner, and that is why we need the public's help to find this man and show him such aggression will not go unpunished.

"The victim has given quite a distinctive description so if you do think you know this man or saw him hanging about, please call us."

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

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