POLICE have released CCTV images in a bid to trace two men they believe witnessed a violent assault in summer.
A 31-year-old man was approached by another man in the early hours of August 31 last year, on King Street in Leigh near to its junction with Bradshawgate.
He was punched in the face, the force of the blow knocking him unconscious and was treated in hospital for facial injuries.
His attacker is described as white, 6ft tall, with brown hair, short on top and longer at the back and he was wearing a grey top and blue jeans.
Detectives have now released a CCTV image of two men believed to have been out with the offender that night and are appealing for the public’s help to identify them.
And Detective Constable Kevin Byrne said: “At this stage it appears this was an unprovoked assault that caused the victim some nasty injuries.
“We have made numerous enquiries to try and identify the offender but at this time he remains unknown.
“We have reviewed many hours of CCTV and are now trying to identify the two men in the image that we have released as we believe they were out with the person responsible and can help us identify him.
“If you recognise yourself in this image or you know who either person is please call us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.