Four charged after man tied to lamp-post and attacked
Four people have been charged after a man was tied to a lamp-post and subjected to a sustained attack in Greater Manchester.
Police were called to Whiteacre Road in Ashton-under-Lyne at about 06:00 BST on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old victim was taken to hospital. It is thought he had been tied up for several hours.
Two men and two women from Ashton-under-Lyne, aged 24 to 38, are due before Tameside magistrates later.
'Just the start'
They are charged with a various offences including false imprisonment, inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and perverting the course of justice.
Ch Supt Nick Adderley said: "While we have charged four people, I want to stress that this is not the end of our investigation by any means, but in many ways just the start.
"My officers are continuing to look at all the evidence we have to establish exactly what happened that night and our investigation is very much ongoing."
He urged anyone with information to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously.