A VULNERABLE man was viciously attacked with an 18-inch metal bar, leaving him with a nasty wound to his eye socket.
The man, 32, needed 12 stitches to close the three-inch wound after he was assaulted in a field at the back of Crawford Avenue on the Shakerley Estate in Tyldesley.
It happened between 3.30pm and 4pm on Saturday (July 26).
The man, who suffers from severe learning difficulties, went with his friend to speak to the occupants of a house on Crawford Avenue.
However, the occupants took exception to the visit and chased the victim and his friend onto the field where they became separated.
Armed with a pink 18-inch metal bar, one of the offenders repeatedly struck the 32-year-old man, hitting him five times in the head with the weapon. The man sustained a large cut as a result of the attack and needed treatment in hospital.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information about the attack to come forward.
The main protagonist armed with the weapon was said to be white, 5ft 10in tall, of a slim build, with brown hair and wearing a blue T-shirt.
Detective Constable Lee Jamieson said: “This man, who suffers from learning difficulties, was subjected to a sustained and repeated barrage at the hands of his assailant.
“He was struck five times with a metal bar and needed a dozen stitches to close a nasty wound. In some ways, he is lucky his injuries were not more serious because he already has a metal plate in his head from an old injury he sustained as a child.
“Our investigation is now focused on establishing the circumstances leading up to this assault and what motivated the offender, and those who participated in the chase, to commit such a dreadful act.
“That is why I am appealing to anyone who has information about this attack to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.