Glossop man suffers brutal city centre attack
Monday 8th February 2016 @ 14:05 by Becky Cahill
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A GLOSSOP man has been brutally attacked by a group of men in Manchester City Centre.
Described by a friend as “gentle and someone who wouldn’t hurt a fly”, 25-year-old Ryan King was leaving The Pen and Pencil Bar on Hilton Street in the Northern Quarter at about 2.15am yesterday (7th February), when he was set upon by a group of four or five men.
Ryan suffered a broken jaw, and serious facial and hand injuries.
His mum Alaina Robinson, 47, who lives with Ryan on Chapel Lane in Hadfield, said: “It’s the worst phone call you can imagine.
“He didn’t deserve it – he hates trouble and bullies.
“It’s just so unnecessary. He’s got a famous smile and great teeth and now they’re all kicked out.
“The only positive is it could have been worse – he’s alive. It’s going to be a long healing process with that jaw.
 “He’s on a lot of painkillers and is drifting in and out at the moment. He can’t communicate yet because of his jaw and his bruises and the swelling are getting worse. He’s uncomfortable and can’t eat or drink.”
Now Ryan’s friends and family are desperate for those responsible to be held to account.
Alaina said: “I just want the people caught. It’d be nice if one had a conscience and handed themselves in but they must be animals, just mindless thugs.
“Somebody knows something. Someone may hear a discussion go on. Just come forward because the next victim may not be so lucky and I wouldn’t like to see anyone else’s son or daughter in this position.
“They’ve not robbed him – it wasn’t for a robbery it was for fun. Maybe because he was suited. He’d just been looking forward to a happy go lucky night out with friends.”
Detective Sergeant Phil Marsh of GMP’s City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This young man has been subject to a brutal assault by a group of men which has left him with some very serious injuries.
“It is not quite clear if there had been some sort of previous altercation between the group and the man and we are keen to speak to anyone who may know something.
“The Northern Quarter can be one of the busiest areas of the city centre on a weekend so we believe that there will have been quite a lot of people around who may have witnessed the attack.
“If anybody has any information that they believe can assist with our enquiries then please contact police.”
Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3221 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.