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Information appeal made after woman is blinded in one eye after being assaulted in Wigan

An appeal for information has been made by police after a woman was left blinded in one eye after she was assaulted in Wigan. Shortly before midnight on Saturday 9th April 2016, a 25 year old man and a 23 year old woman left the Goose Green Club, Little Lane, Wigan. As the couple were leaving the club they turned to walk in the direction of Billinge Road, where they saw a man who was being assaulted by two other men.

The 25 year old man has walked towards the ongoing assault and he has shouted at the attackers to stop. The two men have then turned their attention towards the 25 year old man and have started punching him as he tried to protect himself.

The 23 year old woman has then started to shout at the attackers; one of them has then punched her in the face, hitting the woman hard enough to knock her to the floor.

The two attackers have then run off in the direction of the club. The other male victim, who was the original victim of the assault, has also taken off.

The woman’s eye closed and started to swell immediately. Her partner suffered bruises and a cut to his right hand. The couple attended hospital later, where the women underwent surgery on her left eye. As a result of the assault the woman has now permanently lost the sight in her left eye.

The first of the two attackers has been described as being a 20/30-year-old man with a peculiar haircut, side shaved and middle left long. He was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

The second of the two attackers has been described as being a 20/30-year-old man.

Detective Constable Brian Johnston from GMP’s Wigan division said “This couple are completely innocent and it is heart-breaking that as a result of them simply trying to help someone else in distress, this woman has now been left with life changing injuries and is blind in one eye.

“If you were the man being assaulted by these two men, then please get in touch with the police, as you may be able to help us identify these two offenders so we can take these men off our streets.”

Anybody who has got any information has been asked to get in touch with police on 0161 856 7182 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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