Officers continue to appeal for information following serious assault Date published: 11th April 2017 1.44pm

Officers investigating a serious assault in Runcorn are urging anyone with any information to come forward.

Shortly before 8.30pm on Thursday 6 April the victim, a 39-year-old local man, was cycling in the Whitchurch Way area when he has involved in a verbal dispute with a group of teenagers.

Following the dispute, two of the teenagers became violent and assaulted the victim, hitting him in the head with a bicycle seat.

As a result the victim suffered a cut to his head and a fractured skull. The man was taken to Aintree Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries. He has since been discharged and is currently recovering at home.

The first suspect is described as white boy, aged 14-to-16-years-old, approximately 5’ 6” tall, with short dark hair. He was wearing a black waist length puffer jacket. The second suspect is described as slim build, in his teens, with thin blonde shoulder length hair and a slim face. He was wearing a grey hooded top.

Detective Inspector Clare Coleman from Runcorn CID said: “This was a particularly vicious attack which has left the victim with serious injuries. The victim has since been discharged from hospital, but understandably he is very shaken by what has happened. We are determined to do all that we can to trace the people responsible for this appalling act.

“We are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries – these include examining CCTV footage, forensic analysis and speaking to local residents. Our investigation will continue over the coming days.

As with all investigations, information from the public is vital and I would urge anyone with any information, no matter how small, to contact the team here at Runcorn.

“We believe that between 10 and 12 teenagers were present at the time this incident took place and I would urge parents in the local area speak to their children about what happened in case they have any information that could assist with our enquiries.

“I’d also like to appeal directly to the teenagers who were involved to come forward and speak to us about what happened, if you do not want to speak to officers directly you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Information from the public is vital and I would urge anyone with any information, no matter how small, to contact the team here at Runcorn.

Inspector Mike Skillen said: “At this stage this appears to be an isolated incident and we are doing everything we can to establish the exact circumstances of what has happened to trace those responsible.

“Local officers remain in the area to provide reassurance to the community and I urge anyone with any issues or concerns to speak to a local officer.

“As the school holidays continue, I’d also like to remind parents to ensure that they know where their children are at all times.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 877 of 6/4/2017. Information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.