Police have launched a major investigation after a gang of teenage boys on bikes launched a brutal attack on a passerby who refused to give them a cigarette.
A 50-year-old man remains in hospital three days after he suffered serious injuries in the horrific street assault which saw him kicked, punched and hit with a bicycle seat.
Five youths – with masks covering their faces and wearing dark clothes – had cycled up to their victim in Flag Lane, Crewe, at around 10pm last Sunday (May 17).
Two of them then turned violent when he refused to five in to their demands.
The gang rode off as their terrified victim managed to flag down a passing car.
An ambulance arrived to taken him to hospital where he is still receiving treatment.
Detectives are now 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, May 17 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, CCTV or dashcam footage that may be relevant should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 708659. Details can also be submitted via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.