A MAN who was beaten up twice by a gang outside a Runcorn pub was left unconscious with a fractured jaw.
Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Till, of Castlefields in Runcorn, also suffered bruising in two sustained attacks believed to be at the hands of three men.
His injuries were so bad he blacked out outside the Royal Hotel at the foot of Bridge Street, before finally getting up to phone the emergency services.
He was later transferred from Warrington to Fazakerley hospital in Liverpool for specialist treatment.
Police believe the labourer fell victim to the attack on July 1, hours after enjoying a quiet drink with friends at the New York bar in High Street.
The first attack happened outside the pub at about 11.30pm and was captured on CCTV camera - but footage of the second incident occurs about half an hour later and shows Mr Till lying on the floor.
The men can initially be spotted grabbing him from behind - and punching and kicking him to the ground - as he made his way out of the Royal and towards High Street.
Following his ordeal, he went inside the Royal pub, only to return outside to suffer the second beating around midnight.
Police believe it was an unprovoked attack, and are now appealing for witnesses to come forward and help catch the men who are unknown to Mr Till.
DC Allan Logue, of Runcorn police, said: 'He went to have a drink alone at the Royal pub where he said it was relatively quiet, and no one spoke to him.
'He came out of the front door at about 11.30pm which leads on to Bridge Street, and started to make his way towards High Street when he was grabbed.
'For reasons I can't really understand - except that he might have drunk too much - he then went back inside the Royal, after the first incident was caught on CCTV.
'Footage of the same men can also be seen later on in the second incident. But at this stage, he can only be seen lying on the floor on Mersey Road, wearing a jumper and a T-shirt - that's when he got up to call the police, after falling unconscious.
'Unfortunately he was unable to identify any of his attackers.
'Among his injuries he had a lot of bruises to his face, and three fractures to his jaw.
'He had plates fitted in his jaw. 'Nobody deserves something like that to happen to them.
'There were quite a few people outside at the time, and you can see them on the CCTV camera, so I would appeal to anyone who knows anything at all about this incident to get in touch.'
The first attacker is described by police as being a white male, around 5ft 10in and of slim build, with short, cropped, dark hair and quite prominent ears.
He was wearing a jumper with a distinctive AJ logo on the front.
His accomplice involved in the beating was slightly smaller, about 5ft 6in tall, with slightly longer dark hair and dark clothing.
The CCTV also picked up images of a third white male thought to be involved in the second incident.
He is described as about 5ft 10in-6ft tall, of stocky build, with a shaved head and is captured walking away from the scene.
According to police, bar staff at the Royal Hotel knew nothing about the incident and officers are now relying on members of the public to come forward and help with their inquiry. Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Allan Logue at Runcorn police station on 01244 613933.