A man was smacked on the back of the head, bundled into a car and attacked in a house in Denton, police say.
Police were called at around 10pm on Wednesday night (April 19) to reports that three people had approached the man from behind on Hyde Road, that was believed to have taken place sometime between 2.30pm and 9.30pm that day.
He says he was then hit around the back of his head and put in the back of a vehicle close to the junction of Lime Grove and driven around the area, before being taken out at a property.
The victim says the men then attacked him again before putting him back into the car.
When the vehicle came to a stop some time later, the male victim managed to escape by opening the door and jumping out. He ran away and phoned emergency services for help.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said the victim suffered serious injuries to his ribs and jaw and remains in hospital for treatment.
A section of the Peak Forest Canal was cordoned off by police as part of the investigation, but a search of the area has now finished.
One of the men is described as Asian, 5ft 7in, stocky build, in his late 30’s with black hair.
Detective Inspector Julie Maxwell, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This was a serious and prolonged attack that has left the victim extremely shaken with some nasty injuries.
“We believe this is an isolated incident that poses no threat to the wider community but we need the public’s help to find the men responsible.
“It happened on a busy road where people may have been around and seen something. No piece of information is too small.
“I’m particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a blue Vauxhall Corsa in the area at the time.”
Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with further information to come forward.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 2426 of 19/04/17, or call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.