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Police: Brave good Samaritan stepped in to break up gang attack near Stephenson Road in Newton-le-Willows
DETECTIVES are trying to trace a good Samaritan after she bravely intervened when a 22-year-old man was being viciously beaten.
The victim suffered a fractured eye socket, cheekbone and wrist after he “suffered a relentless and sustained” gang attack.
The woman raised the alarm after seeing him being attacked by three young men on waste land near Stephenson Road in Newton-le-Willows.
She is believed to have shouted at them to stop, while a second passer-by, a man, called the police and paramedics.
A police spokesman said that the victim had been drinking with his attackers in a nearby flat in the hours leading up to the assault.
He was taken to Warrington Hospital where he remained for two days.
Two men aged 17 and 23 were arrested close by shortly after the incident at around 6.30pm on Sunday, August 18 and 18-year-old man was arrested the following morning. All have been questioned and released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Constable Paul Foster, of St Helens CID, has urged the woman who intervened to get in contact.
He said: “This woman bravely intervened and saved the victim from further violence. We are grateful to her for her help but need her to get back in touch to tell us exactly who and what she saw.
“This was a sustained and relentless attack on a young man who was outnumbered and had tried desperately to get away from his attackers.
“It is important that we bring these offenders to justice and her evidence could be crucial to achieving that.”
Call DC Foster at St Helens CID on 0151 777 6881 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
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