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Man assaulted in Wigan town centre
Thursday 5th October, 2006

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being assaulted in Wigan town centre last weekend.

On Saturday evening, 30 September 2006, the 31-year-old man was on a night out in Wigan with his brother and friends.

At about 3am the following morning, he walked with his brother and another woman along King Street and turned left onto Rodney Street, intending to get a taxi home.

As they walked passed the Town Bar a man from a group of four men, who were stood nearby, reached out and grabbed the woman's upper body. On seeing this, the 31-year-old pushed the man away. Another man from the group then punched the victim on the chin causing him to fall to the ground.

The man's brother stepped in and was also assaulted, receiving minor injuries.

The group of four men then left the area.

The victim remained unconscious on the floor while an ambulance was called. He was then taken to the Wigan Royal Infirmary where he remains in a serious but stable condition with a fractured skull and a head injury.

One of the offenders is described as white, 6ft, slim build, aged 24 to 29, with short wavy blond/brown hair.

The second is believed to be mixed race, aged 24 to 29, of stocky build with a round face and a skin head, wearing a dark coloured short sleeve t-shirt.

The two other men are also believed to be white and aged 24 to 29.

Detective Sergeant Lyndsay Darbyshire from Leigh CID said: "The Town Bar on Rodney Street was quite busy that night with people stood outside on the pavement and I'm certain that someone must have seen what happened.

"The victim has been in a serious condition in hospital since the incident happened in the early of hours of Sunday morning and I'd ask anyone who may have seen the assault to contact police immediately.

"Anyone who recognises the description of the offenders or anyone else with any further information is asked to contact Leigh CID on 0161 856 7254. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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