A VIOLENT brawl in Sale town centre has led police to release CCTV images of those involved.
Glass bottles were used as weapons during the incident, which took place near to the Bank at Sale pub on School Road, at around 12.45am on January 20.
The victim had been drinking at the Bank, but had left to go to another establishment between 20 and 30 minutes before the incident took place, according to the Bank landlord Danny Johnson.
Mr Johnson said: “The guys involved came and tried to come into my pub, but my doormen wouldn’t let them in and they started arguing among themselves outside, so my doormen moved them on about 50 yards down the road.”
Around this time, Mr Johnson said the victim came out of a different establishment and into the path of the five men and the fight broke out.
CCTV footage shows the victim to fall to the ground during the melee, where he was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head.
Police have now issued pictures of five of the men involved in the brawl and are appealing to anyone who recognises them to come forward.
Mr Johnson said: “The guy’s lucky to be alive, if my doormen hadn’t stepped in he probably would be.”
Det Con Chris Aunins said: "This sort of violent, thuggish behaviour is completely unacceptable and sadly gives our communities an unfairly bad name.
"While it is unclear exactly what sparked this melee, it was almost certainly fuelled by alcohol and when you combine drink with violence and weapons such as glass bottles, people are going to get injured.
“It is thankful no-one suffered a serious injury as result of this behaviour.
"We have issued five CCTV stills of people involved in this disorder and I would appeal to anyone who has information about these men to come forward.
"In the cold light of day these individuals may have regretted their antics so I would appeal to them directly as well.
“Hand yourself in now and tell us what happened before we come knocking on your door."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9168 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.