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Appeal following assault in Pemberton
Thursday 14th September, 2006

Police in Wigan are appealing for information following an assault on a 20-year-old man on Saturday, 2 September 2006.

At around 2.30am the victim, from the Billinge area, caught the night bus from Wigan town centre, from outside North Western railway station on Wallgate.

During the journey, which saw the bus travel towards the Pemberton area, there was an argument between a man and a woman on the bus.

The man appeared to lash out at the woman and, fearing for the woman's safety, the victim challenged the man about his behaviour.

The victim then got off the bus on Ormskirk Road, between Tunstall Lane and Sherwood Drive, and was followed by the man.

He was then assaulted by the offender. He managed to break free of his attacker and run off. He suffered a fractured eye socket in the attack and was treated for his injuries at Wigan Royal Infirmary.

The offender is described as white, in his early 20s with a muscular build and around 5ft 11in to 6ft tall. He was wearing a white or cream coloured lightweight waistlength coat which was zipped up and he spoke with a local accent.

Police say the bus was full of late-night revellers returning home and other passengers on the bus may have seen the original altercation between the man and the woman.

Anyone who witnessed either the incident on the bus or the later attack is asked to phone Wigan police station on 0161 856 7166 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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