‘Cowards’ hunted after Royal George pub kitchen staff were attacked

TWO kitchen staff at the Royal George in Greenfield were subjected to a “brutal attack” in Ashton.

The men, aged 21 and 32, had been on a night out with friends at Ashton Leisure Park and were walking to the town centre for a taxi when the assault took place.

Hearing wolf-whistling behind them as they passed a parked vehicle, they turned around to see two men, who had got out of their car, running towards them.

The victims were hit repeatedly before running back to their silver car and driving away.

Police have launched an appeal to see if anyone saw the attack on Wednesday, October 18 and want to hear from any witnesses.

Detective Constable Jo Lockett, of GMP’s Tameside Borough, said: “These men were with their friends, minding their own business, when they were brutally attacked by these two offenders.

“They showed extreme cowardice in their actions, by wolf-whistling at the group from the safety of their car and then fleeing from the scene once they had assaulted the men.

“I’m asking for anyone who may have been on Wellington Road at the time, or who saw the group that evening, to please share what you know with police.”

The Royal George landlord, Jason Worthington, said both his staff needed stitches after the attack.

He added: “They were traumatised by what happened, especially the younger one, but both have returned to work.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 0161 856 9256 or 101, quoting incident number 2609 of 18/10/17.

You can also anonymously call Crimestoppers: on 0800 555 111.

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