DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a man was left with spinal injuries following an assault outside a Chester fish and chips shop.
CCTV images of the alleged attacker have been released by Cheshire Constabulary in an appeal to the public to help officers identify those involved.
The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday, April 11 when a Chester man was leaving Jack’s Fish and Chip shop on Frodsham Street.
The 38-year-old victim is recovering from spinal injuries after being punched and falling to the floor.
Sgt Jason Murray describes the incident: “There is a brief conversation between him and another man who is stood outside eating some food.
“This man then hands his food to a woman stood nearby, walks over to the victim and punches him once to the face, causing the victim to fall to the floor.
“The offender is then dragged away by a man and woman who were with him and all three get into a taxi, which was a dark coloured new style Vauxhall Vectra.”
The attacker is described as a white man, aged in his late 30s to early 40s, 6ft tall, of stocky build, with ginger/mousey coloured hair. He was wearing a white coloured t-shirt, mustard coloured trousers and light coloured footwear.
His male friend from inside Jack’s is described as white, aged in his 50s, balding with hair around the back and sides. He was wearing a black coloured shirt, dark coloured jeans/trousers and dark coloured footwear.
The attacker’s female friend is described as white, aged in her late 30s to early 40s with blonde coloured shoulder length hair. She was wearing a white coloured top, black trousers and black high heel shoes.
Another man, who pulled the offender away but did not leave the scene in the taxi, is described as a white man, aged in his early 40s. He had short dark brown hair and was of stocky build. He was wearing a dark coloured shirt, blue jeans and black footwear.
Sgt Murray added: “Police are keen to speak with any of these persons or anyone else with information relating to this incident. They are also appealing for the taxi driver to come forward as he or she may hold valuable information.”
Anyone with information can contact DC Stuart Thomas from Chester CID on 0845 458 0000. Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.