Typical cowardly behaviour by members of the ‘religion of peace’. They think they are some kind of hard men picking on people only when the odds are in their favour. Pack attacking teenagers or an old man who they outnumber.Or cracking random females for no apparent reason other than boosting their over inflated egos. That’s not macho, its called bullying.
If it had been a group of football fans waiting for a taxi or an equal number of lads that night would the thugs of still attacked them…….not a prayer. They would of carried on walking down the road. Most likely until they found another easy target to beat up.
It will be interesting to see if Greater Manchester Police treat this as a racist hate crime like they would if it was the other way round.
Police have issued images and CCTV in the hope witnesses of a violent attack might come forward.
At around 3.50am on Friday 16 December 2016, three teenagers were stood waiting for a taxi at the taxi rank on Portland Street in Manchester city centre.
They were approached by a group of eight men who began verbally abusing them before physically assaulting them.
The men were described as Asian in their early 20s and smartly dressed.
One of the victims was attacked and dragged along the street by his feet away from the group before being punched in the face several times before being left unconscious outside the Mercure Hotel.
The victim, 18 year old James Toolan, sustained serious facial injuries and broke three bones in his cheek.
The offender was described as Asian, around 20 years old and wearing black jeans and a blue/grey jacket.
PC Gareth Gardiner from GMP’s City of Manchester Team said: “This was a totally unprovoked and sickening attack on a young lad who had been at a concert in the city centre with his two friends. This was their first visit to Manchester City Centre and this is the memory they will be left with.
“We have issued CCTV and images of James’ injuries in the hope that someone might have seen the incident and come and speak to us.
“Christmas and New Year were ruined for James, as he had to spend it recovering from his injuries. I want to be able to get him and his family the justice they deserve.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4275, or via 101 quoting the crime reference number 245333J/16 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.