Shocking Audenshaw attack left blind man needing hospital treatment
Thursday 17th May 2018 @ 16:37 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News Tameside

Police are appealing for witnesses to a shocking assault in Audenshaw that left a blind man needing hospital treatment.

Just before 8.45pm on Monday May 14th, the 50-year-old victim was travelling on a tram with his partner, who said she felt that a man nearby was looking at them in a strange way.

When they left the tram at Audenshaw, the man followed them and began talking to them. Suddenly, as they neared Lumb Lane, the man turned and punched his blind victim in the face. He fell to the ground, sustaining minor injuries.

Police have arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of assault but he has since been released under investigation.

Police Constable Paul Robson of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on a man who thought this stranger had good intentions.

“It’s disgraceful that this offender has assaulted a blind man and we need people who saw the couple leaving the tram, or the punch itself, to come forward and help with our investigation.

“If you have any information, or pictures from the time of the incident, please get in touch”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 2271 of 14/04/18, or make a report anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111