stabbed - man with serious injuries - police tape by jayneandd

A man was seriously injured after being attacked by a gang of five teenagers in Crewe, detectives say.

The victim, a 50-year-old man from the town, is in hospital after the incident in Flag Lane.

The group of teenage boys wearing dark clothing and face coverings rode up to their victim on bicycles and asked him for a cigarette at around 10pm on Sunday (May 17).

After failing to get a cigarette from the man, two of the boys assaulted him.

The victim was hit with a bike seat.

He was also punched and kicked before the group rode off on their bicycles.

The victim flagged down a car for help and was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

He remains in hospital recovering from his serious injury.

Detectives are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident, or saw anything else that may help their investigation, to get in touch.

They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know the identities of the boys on the bicycles or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.

Detective Constable Scott Marshall-Bowater, of Crewe CID, said: “This was a frightening and traumatic incident that has left the victim in hospital with a serious injury and extremely shaken up.

“I would like to reassure the community that this appears to be an isolated incident and we are determined to establish the identities of the boys responsible for the unprovoked assault and bring them to justice.

“As part of our enquiries we want to speak to anyone who was in the Flag Lane area of Crewe at around 10pm on Sunday 17 May and saw anything that may aid our investigation.

“We also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know the identities of the boys on the bikes or have footage of them.”

Anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 708659, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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