Man blinded in one eye in unprovoked Failsworth attack

Police have released CCTV footage of a number of people they want to speak to after a man was left blinded in one eye following an "unprovoked" attack in Failsworth.

The 30-year-old man with learning difficulties was walking down Propps Hall Drive on Boxing Day last year (Thursday 26 December 2019) shortly before 4pm. 

He was then verbally abused by six youths, who assaulted him, repeatedly punched him in the face and smashed his glasses, rupturing his eye. 

The gang then made off on foot. 

The male victim was taken to hospital with severe injuries. He has since been discharged but has been left partially sighted. 

Greater Manchester Police say no arrests have been made so far and enquiries are ongoing. 

Detective Constable Zahir Hussain, of GMP’s Oldham District, said: "This was an unprovoked attack which has left a man blind in one eye. This type of criminal behaviour is completely unacceptable and we are doing all we can to trace those responsible.

"I appreciate that this incident took place a while ago, but I would like to stress that we have been following every line of enquiry available to us searching through several CCTV opportunities. As a result, we have been able to release this footage in the hope of talking to the people shown.

"If anyone has any information at all that could help us in identify the people in this footage, please contact police as soon as possible." 

Anyone with any information can contact police on 0161 856 1382, referring to incident number 1796 of 26/12/2019, or alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

WATCH: Click on the video at the top of the page to watch CCTV footage of people police want to speak to. 

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