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Man attacked outside phone box in Denton.
Thursday 24th July 2014 @ 15:01 by Anna Fletcher
Denton & Audenshaw News

A man was attacked by a drunken assailant outside a telephone box in Denton.


The assault happened at the junction of Tame Street and Ashton Road at about 6.30pm on Sunday 13 July 2014.


The victim, 23, had just finished work and was walking along the road when he got to a telephone kiosk.


A man, who was visibly inebriated, got out of the kiosk and asked the 23-year-old for the time. The victim took his phone out of his pocket to check the time, at which point his assailant tried to grab the mobile phone.


However, the victim refused to let go and a struggle over the phone ensued, resulting in the drunken man punching the 23-year-old in the stomach, causing him to collapse to the ground.


The offender then ran off empty-handed along Ashton Road towards Crown Point North and turned left down a street near to Denton Labour Club.


He is described as being white, in his early 30s, of a skinny build, 5ft 6in to 5ft 8in tall, with a thin face and short black or brown hair. He was missing some bottom front teeth and had a small scar on his left cheek said to be u-shaped.


The offender was also said to have stubble on his face and wearing a dark blue/black coat, blue jeans and white trainers with blue on them.


Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.


Detective Constable Phil Scargill said: “The fact this man was drunk is no excuse for a blatant attempt to steal the victim’s mobile phone, and no defence for violently punching him when he failed to grab it.


“This assault happened at a busy junction outside a phone kiosk so there may well be a lot of potential witnesses we need to speak to who could help lead us to this man, so I would urge anyone who did see the attack to come forward.


“The victim has provided an excellent description of the offender who has some unique characters, namely the u-shaped scar and the missing teeth, so hopefully someone will recognise the offender from this description.


“If you do have information then please come forward.”


Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.