Man beaten senseless and left with fractured skull after refusing to give cigarette to stranger

Police have released CCTV images of two men they believe committed the violent attack.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 3:18 pm

The attack happened on Wednesday, February 17 at around 4pm but police have only just made a public appeal for information.

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Enquiries have established that two men, believed to be aged in their 20s, approached the victim, a man in his 30s, whilst he was waiting for a taxi on Newport Street, Bolton.

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Police have appealed for information to find these men

One of the offenders asked the man for a cigarette and upon the victim’s refusal one of the offender’s ran at the victim and kicked him. The two men then proceeded to violently assault the victim for around 30 seconds by repeatedly punching and kicking him.

Enquiries are ongoing and police have now issued images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the assault.

PC Jonathan Liversage said: “This was a violent and seemingly unprovoked attack that has left a man with serious injuries and incredibly shaken.

"Thankfully he is recovering well after receiving treatment.

“We’ve released these images of two men we would like to speak to in connection with this assault and we’re urging any of members of the public who may have information that could help to identify them to come forward and speak to police.

"We’re also keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or anything suspicious in the area at the time to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5554 quoting log 734 of 23/02/21. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.