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Second arrest over Hyde gang attack

Daniel Stringer-Prince
Image caption Mr Stringer-Prince was attacked while he was lying on the ground

A second person has been arrested by police investigating a gang attack on a teenager as he walked through Hyde town centre with his best friend.

Daniel Stringer-Prince, 17, was assaulted by a group of young Asian men on Market Street on Saturday night.

He was kicked, punched and left with a broken eye socket and a fractured skull and his friend was punched in the face.

Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 17-year-old youth on suspicion of assault.

A 21-year-old man who was arrested on Monday evening remains in custody.

'Snowballs'

Police believe there were about seven or eight men in the group, who are described as being Asian and in their late teens or early 20s.

Mr Stringer-Prince has said he believes the unprovoked attack may have had a "racial" motive and police have confirmed it is being treated as a hate crime.

He and friend Kavan Brown were walking past a takeaway on Market Street at about 22:15 GMT when the gang were sat inside.

One of the men pulled out a knife and made a threatening gesture at the pair, who ignored them and walked on.

The gang then came out of the takeaway and chased the pair, who tried to run away.

Mr Stringer-Prince fell and was attacked on the ground and Mr Brown was punched in the face.

Det Insp Dave Moores, of Tameside CID, said: "We are extremely grateful to the community in Hyde, who have supplied us with a significant amount of information following this attack, which has assisted us greatly with our investigation.

"As a result we have now arrested two people who we are continuing to question in relation to this incident.

"We are also continuing to look into reports that a number of youths were throwing snowballs in the area shortly before the attack took place, and whether this could be linked.

"I would like to encourage people to continue to support this policing operation and if anyone else has information that they wish to pass to police, then please get in touch."

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