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Man attacked with axe in Stockport pub

Two men have been arrested after a man was attacked with an axe in a Stockport pub.

Three men had become involved in a fight in the Royal Oak pub in Commercial Road, Hazel Grove at about 01:00 GMT on Sunday.

The landlord tried to break up the fight and was hit in the face, pushed on the ground and kicked and punched.

The group returned and attacked the 28-year-old victim in the original fight with an axe, injuring his arm.

The attackers fled but were arrested shortly afterwards.

'Particularly vicious'

A 19-year-old man and a 42-year-old man are being questioned on suspicion of assault.

Det Con Paul Chesworth, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This was a particularly vicious attack on two men, one of whom was a pub landlord trying to do his job and protect his livelihood and customers.

"The two men had every intention of causing significant harm, they returned to the pub brandishing axes and attacked one of the victims for the second time.

"He was slashed twice with an axe, leaving him with a large number of stitches to the forearm.

"We believe this is an isolated incident and we want to reassure the public that incidents like this are very rare."

He urged anyone with information to contact Greater Manchester Police.

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