This is the face of an innocent teenager who could lose his sight after a gang of thugs stamped on his head in an unprovoked attack.
Trainee chef Daniel Stringer-Prince, 17, was walking through Hyde town centre with best friend Kavan Brown when they were set upon. Doctors at Manchester Royal Infirmary are now battling to repair severly damaged nerves in Daniel’s eyes. He also suffered a fractured skull, a fractured cheekbone, and two fractured eye sockets.
Now his mum Cheryl Stringer, of Woodstock Crescent, Stockport, hopes this harrowing picture of her son will help catch this attackers. She said: “We hope that anyone who sees this picture will see how serious Daniel’s injuries are and if they have any information will take it straight to the police to help catch the people who did this.”
Daniel’s pal Kavan, 17, who suffered a broken nose in the attack, told how the gang appeared to pick them out at random as they walked past a takeaway in Nelson Street. Kavan said a man inside the shop waved a knife at them and gestured that he was going to cut their throats.
The gang of about 10 men then chased them as they fled towards a relative’s house. They were savagely beaten as they tried to get inside. Kavan, who has lived on the same street as Daniel and his family since childhood, said: “I just can’t understand why it happened. “I’d never seen any of them in my life before but they seemed to pick us out as we walked down the street. “They split us up and we each had five of them attacking us, it was horrific. “
When they ran off, I saw Daniel on the floor, he was conscious but in a really bad way. I’m still in shock at what happened to me but it’s even more horrendous to see your best mate in the state he’s in and now we’re all just praying he’ll be okay.” Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, at 10.20pm on Saturday. The man in the takeaway is described as Asian, in his early to mid 20s and wearing dark clothing. The rest of the gang were all Asian and wearing hooded tops and scarves over their faces. A police spokesman said inquiries are ongoing.
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