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Man attacked while jogging
Monday 13th June, 2011

A man was attacked while out jogging in Wigan.

The 20-year-old man was running into the Porters Wood area of Wigan, close to Martland Green Road and Fourmarts Road at about 9.45am on 16 May 2011 when, without provocation, he was assaulted by three men.

The trio flagged him down and then asked for his mobile phone. When he refused and carried on jogging, they followed him and tripped him up.

While he was on the floor, he was attacked with a weapon of some sort, leaving him with a wound to his left shoulder and a puncture wound to his cheek. The assault was so severe his clothes were heavily bloodstained.

One of the offenders was described as white, about 5ft 10in tall, of an athletic build and wearing a plain black tracksuit with a hooded top. He spoke with a Liverpool accent. The other two men also wore dark clothing and hooded tops.

Police are now appealing to anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward. In particular, officers want to hear from a man who was wearing a high-visibility jacket and jeans and was out walking his Jack Russell who may have seen what happened.

Officers would also like to speak to a couple who may also have seen the injured man.

Detective Constable Gavin Cunliffe, of Wigan CID, said: "Many people enjoy jogging in this part of Wigan and do not expect to be confronted with such violence for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

"The culprits clearly have no regard for other people and subjected this man to a violent assault in broad daylight. They need to be caught and brought to account for what they have done, and the message needs to be sent out that this sort of wanton violence will be punished.

"This is where the public can help us. We need to find these three men so I would appeal to anyone who either witnessed what happened or has information to call us. If you were out walking your dog and remember seeing these three men acting aggressively then we need to hear from you.

"With your help, we can put these violent offenders behind bars."

Anyone with information should call Wigan CID on 0161 856 7295 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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