Detectives investigating after a group were assaulted in Manchester City Centre have made two arrests.
Two men both aged 20 have been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and violent disorder. They have since been released under investigation.
At around 2.20am on Sunday 28 April 2019, a group of five men and women were seriously assaulted by seven men near to Revolution Bar on Back South Parade, behind House of Fraser.
The victims aged between 26 and 47 were out celebrating an upcoming family wedding on the night of the assault and were threatened and cornered by the group of offenders as they left Revolution bar.
The offenders punched, kicked and stamped on the victims – leaving two lying unconscious in the middle of the street.
One of the men was also brandishing a knife at the time of the attack.
Members of the group suffered multiple injuries as a result of the assault, including severe concussion, a fractured cheekbone and cuts and bruises.
Three of the victims were taken to hospital following the attack, where one man was treated for a potential bleed on the brain.
Detective Constable Catherine Kittley, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “Whilst we have made progress in our investigation I’m keen to stress that our enquiries do not stop here and we’re continuing to appeal for the public’s help to identify the men pictured.
“This was a brutal and sustained assault on a group of family and friends who were doing nothing but trying to enjoy their evening and celebrate what should have been a fantastic occasion.
“I’d like to thank those members of the public that have already come forward and assisted our enquiries, but would ask anyone else who thinks they can help us to please get in touch at the earliest opportunity.”
Anyone with any information about the assaults should contact police on 0161 856 4409 quoting incident number 237 of the 28/04/19.
Information can be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.