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16 November 2011, 09:30
Police have released CCTV images of two men wanted over an assault on a tram in Bury that left a woman with a fractured eye socket.
At around 6.40pm on Wednesday 5th October 2011, a 22-year-old woman and 29-year-old man were catching a tram to Prestwich at the Metrolink Station, Knowsley Street when three men, sitting on a bench, verbally abused the woman.
Both victims boarded the tram and stood near the doorway when one of the men headbutted the woman.
Two other men joined in the attack, with both victims being punched and kicked on the floor.
At one point, the woman had her face stamped on five times and the man was kicked in the face.
All three men left and walked in the direction of Bury town centre.
The woman suffered a fractured eye socket and swelling to the face and body.
The man suffered a black eye and injured ear.
The men are believed to be in their 40s.
Detective Constable Simon Swann from Bury CID said: "This was a completely unprovoked and violent attack on two people who were returning home from an evening out. They have been left with serious injuries that have left them both in a lot of pain.
"The images we have are clear and we believe someone must know who they are. I would urge anyone who may know who recognise them to contact police. Alternatively, if you were at the Metrolink Station at the time of the attack and saw the assault or these men, please phone us."
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8163 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.