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Image Shows Boy Injured In Gang Attack
Police have released an image of a teenage boy's injured face after he was assaulted by a group of men in Manchester.
The assault began when three cars pulled up on Briscoe Lane, Newton Heath, last Saturday afternoon, before a gang of around 12 men got out and began attacking a group of youths.
The 15-year-old boy was attacked by up to four of the men, who chased him into nearby Harringay Road.
He was later taken to hospital with facial injuries and a broken arm.
A teenage girl was also hit in the face and suffered a fractured cheekbone.
After the assault, which was caught on CCTV, the boy's attackers got back into their cars before before driving off towards Ten Acres Lane.
The boy's mother, who does not wish to be named, said: "I barely recognised my boy when I saw him, such were the extent of the injuries to his face.
"I cannot believe a bunch of grown men would attack an innocent teenage boy like this.
"He was not involved in any sort of trouble yet they waded in with fists and weapons and didn't give him any chance to respond or defend himself."
Police believe the incident may be linked to a dispute the previous evening in the Newton Heath area. However, neither victim is understood to have been involved in this.
Detective Constable Paddy Connell, said: "While the CCTV footage we released shows a determined effort by a group of men to get at and assault a number of teenagers, what this injury picture shows is the real consequences of their actions.
"The boy is slight in build and was chased and beaten by burly men.
"Their actions were shameless and shocking and I want people to look at the injuries to the boy's face and if they know anything to come forward.
"We think this may be linked to an incident the previous evening and earlier that day in that general area and if that is the case then they have definitely got the wrong people as neither victim was there.
"If anyone knows anything about what may have prompted this or knows who is responsible, please get in touch."
:: Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3832, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.