POLICE are searching for two men who were involved in a "nasty, unprovoked assault" which left a man in hospital.

The incident happened around 2am on Sunday April 21, when the two men in question approached a group of three men who were walking along Albert Street, Bury.

After a short conversation one of the two men punched a member of the other group, knocking him down where he hit his head on the ground.

The pair then fled the scene while the other men helped their friend.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Police say the attacker is described as black, with a shaved head and medium build and his accomplice is described as Asian, although no more details are available.

Detective superintendent Howard Millington of GMP’s Bury District said: “This was a nasty, unprovoked assault on a young man who was simply out with friends enjoying himself.

“We’re pleased that he’s recovering well, but his injuries could have proven far worse.

“While we have limited descriptions of the offenders at this time, we believe there may be several potential witnesses to this incident, or people who saw the offender shortly before or after the incident.

“Were you in the Albert Street area at the time? Perhaps you saw two people matching our descriptions or have some information that can help us. If so, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

Information can be left with officers on 0161 856 1063 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.