Manchester

Man hurt in racist assault in Rochdale street

A man was attacked with a wrench as he walked down a Greater Manchester street, in what police have said was a racist assault.

The 27-year-old, who is Asian, was attacked by a group of teenagers as he walked along Church Lane in Rochdale on Monday, between 1430 and 1515 BST.

The youths yelled racist abuse as they pushed him to the ground, kicked him and hit him in the face with a wrench.

Police have appealed to any witnesses to contact them.

The youths are described as male, aged about 19 and wearing dark clothing with the hoods up.

The attack stopped when a man intervened and the victim was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries.

Det Con Heidi Edge, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This was a nasty racially-motivated assault and I would like to stress that we are taking this very seriously and doing everything we can to identify those responsible."

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