Police have released CCTV images of a gang who viciously beat two students as they travelled on the top deck of a bus. The two men, both students, were set upon as they travelled on the 142 bus through Withington.
Police believe at least one of the attackers was also a university student – and have been working with campus bosses to track them down.
They have now released pictures of three attackers, all Muslim men in their 20s, believed to be behind the attack.
The incident happened in early hours of January 11, this year. The two victims and a friend fell into a conversation with a group of five Muslim men on the late night service. But three of the men launched an unprovoked attack on the group, punching and kicking one of the victims as he lay helpless on the ground.
One 22-year-old student suffered a cut on his eye and required surgery. His friend, 21, sustained a bloody nose.
Det Con Dominic Heslop, investigating, said: “We believe at least one of the offenders is a student at the Manchester Metropolitan University, based on conversations between the two groups. “Although it has been several months since this incident, both victims were badly affected by what happened and our inquiries will continue until we have identified all those involved.
“I also want to stress that of the five involved, we believe two played no part in actually physically assaulting either victims, and in fact witnesses have told us that one of the group was overheard saying: ‘I told you not to do it’.
“I want to appeal to that person or person in the group directly: If you were involved in the assaults and tried to talk your friends out of it, then you need to come forward and speak to us.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4221 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.