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Police want to speak with some men in connection with a serious assault in Manchester City Centre

Police want to speak to the men pictured below in connection with a serious assault in Manchester City Centre.

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At around 2.20am on Jan 26th 2019 two men in their 20s were assaulted on Oldham Street close to the junction of Warwick Street.

One man picked up a glass bottle from the floor, smashed it on a pavement close-by and then stabbed the back of the head of one of the victims. This assault caused a substantial wound, which required stitching.

The offender is described as white with light coloured hair, wearing a dark blue coloured coat and a dark coloured hoody. He wore dark coloured pants with a lighter coloured motif at the bottom of the leg.

The same man then used the same broken glass bottle to slash the back of the second victim – causing wounds to his back.

As this occurred, a third victim – a man in his 20s – approached the offenders and intervened in an attempt to help and was punched in the face by the second offender.

This second man is described as white and in his early 20s, wearing a dark coloured jacket and a black coloured T-shirt with a large white Nike logo on the front. He also wore dark coloured pants and a dark coloured baseball cap – carrying a bag over his shoulder.

The two men then fled in the direction of Houldsworth Street.

Detective Constable Phil Healey, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “While I appreciate it has been a couple of months since this incident I’d ask members of the public to think back to what was a busy weekend in the city centre.

“We have a dedicated team of officers who have been trying to piece together exactly what happened and trace those responsible for a senseless and needless attack, which left two of the victims in hospital.

“Over the last few months we have trawled through hours of CCTV footage and from these extensive enquiries we believe that there are a number of witnesses who were walking past the fight as it happened- with some of them filming the incident on their mobile phones – and I’d appeal directly to them to get in touch with police.

“I would also ask members of the public to take a good look at these pictures – if you recognise any of these men then come forward.”

Anyone with any information about the assault should contact police on 0161 856 4409 quoting incident number 251 of 26/01/19.

Information can be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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