Woman may hold key to tracing attackers

Police believe this woman may have witnessed a vicious assault in St Helens town centre
Police believe this woman may have witnessed a vicious assault in St Helens town centre

DETECTIVES believe these two women may have witnessed a shocking, unprovoked late-night attack in which a St Helens man was repeatedly kicked and stamped upon.

A 21-year-old local man suffered “severe head injuries” after two thugs assaulted him on Church Street - just outside the town centre Marks and Spencer store - in the early hours of Sunday, January 30.

Do you recognise this woman?

Do you recognise this woman?

When officers arrived at the scene, at about 3.20am, they found that the victim had been knocked black and blue by the attackers.

But detectives believe the two women captured on these CCTV stills may hold key information about the assault.

A police spokesman confirmed that the victim is now recovering at home and said he had been lucky not to suffer any brain injuries.

Detective Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “This was an unprovoked attack, which left a man seriously injured. I would like to appeal for the public’s help in finding those responsible for such a violent assault.

“There were two women in Church Street at the time of the attack, who we believe witnessed this assault. I’m sure this is something that they would remember and would appeal to them to come forward as they may have information that could assist with our inquiries.”

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any information about it, is urged to contact Detective Constable Michelle Wilson, of St Helens CID, on 0151 777 1572 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

* Two men, aged 19 and 21, from Haydock and Stockbridge Village respectively, were initially arrested by police on suspicion of assault.

They have both since been bailed pending further inquiries.