Teen assaulted by Asian youth gang

A TEENAGER suffered cuts and bruising after he and his friends were attacked by  a gang of Asian youths in Oldham.

The 18-year-old and his three friends were assaulted on Ellen Street off Featherstall Road North, Westwood, near to the old Wickes store, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on 17 February 2010.

The victims were walking towards Tesco when they were confronted by a group of up to seven Asian youths. An argument broke out and the victims were assaulted. The same victims were again attacked on Chancery Street while they tried to make their way home.

The 18-year-old suffered cuts and bruises to his head and ribs and his friends were left badly shaken.

The offenders then fled.

Police are now appealing to anyone who witnessed the attack or who has information to come forward.

One of the offenders is described as being between 16-18-years-old, of big/muscular build and with black spikey hair shaved into a Mohawk. He was wearing a black leather jacket and black T-shirt.

Detective Constable Rick Sample, of Oldham CID, said: “There has been a lot of speculation about this incident in the press and the community, but I want to stick to the facts and try and find those responsible for this senseless assault.

“The victims have been able to provide a distinctive description of one of offenders, and I would appeal to anyone who either knows this person or thinks they recognise him from the description to call us.

“We need information from the public to help us with our inquiries and I would strongly urge anyone who knows anything to not keep it to themselves through misguided loyalty and speak to us, if confidence if needed.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Oldham CID on 0161 856 9052 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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