Racist attack on Sudanese victim in Harpurhey

A man has been beaten with a stick and a stone by a gang of six men in what police have described as a racially-motivated attack in Manchester.

The 21-year-old from Sudan was approached by two of the gang asking for a cigarette on Kesteven Road, Harpurhey, at 0400 BST on Saturday.

They subjected him to racist abuse and punched him and then were joined by four other men.

The victim was struck with a large stick and a stone that cut his head.

'Extremely sad'

He was treated in hospital for a head wound that required stitches.

Police said a member of the public shouted at the attackers, causing them to run away.

Det Sgt Shagufta Khan said: "It is extremely sad that in this day and age people are motivated by racial hatred.

"Racism is something we all abhor and I want to stress we are doing all we can to find the culprits so they can be brought to justice for what they have done.

"Not only did they shout racist abuse, they took it further by using such a level of violence it is thankful the man did not suffer more serious injuries.

"The fact they were prepared to strike him in the head with a large stone shows not only are they racist but they are dangerous and we need to catch them."

The two attackers who approached the victim asking for a cigarette are described as white and aged about 20.

One had dark short hair and was wearing a plain blue short-sleeved shirt and dark coloured shorts.

The other wore a white T-shirt and light coloured trousers.

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