/ Man requires plastic surgery following Tameside attack

A group of youths attacked a man in a Tameside park leaving him needing plastic surgery.

Shortly after 4.55pm on Thursday 2 November 2017, police received reports that a man had been attacked on Lodge Lane in Hyde as he drove out of Hyde Park.

The victim, a 26-year-old man, had been in the park with a friend playing bowls on the bowling green when they were approached by four youths who verbally abused them.

The two men then attempted to leave the park in their car but as they drove towards the exit, their car was surrounded by a large group of youths including the four who previously approached them.

One offender - who is described as approximately 5ft 10ins tall, white, wearing a grey and black adidas hooded top with stripes down the arm and dark jogging bottoms - hit the car with a wooden stick.

A second offender - who is described as approximately 6ft tall, of slim build, white with brown hair and approximately 17 to 18 years old, wearing a light grey tracksuit with black trainers - then hit the victim over the head with a large stick.

The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for his head injuries which required plastic surgery.

Detective Constable Wayne Marshall, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This was a shocking attack on two innocent men who were minding their own business and enjoying their afternoon in the park.

“The men sensed trouble when they were first approached and tried to leave but the group were determined to harm them in some way and I am appalled by their behaviour.

“A young man required serious surgery as a result of someone’s despicable actions and we are determined to find the youths responsible so that we can ensure they are prosecuted.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1108 of 14/09/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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