A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an attack on a white teenager by a gang of Asian youths.
Dan Stringer, 17, was repeatedly kicked and punched by a mob of up to eight people and left for dead after he was chased down a street in Manchester.
His mother, Cheryl, hopes a picture taken in hospital of her son’s battered face will help catch his attackers.
Police said the gang struck at about 10.15pm on Saturday when Mr Stringer and his 19-year-old friend were walking past a takeaway in Market Street, Hyde.
A group of men and a woman saw them and one started banging on the window, produced a knife and used it to make a threatening gesture.
The victims tried to ignore the threats and walked on, but moments later the group spilled out of the takeaway and ran after them.
They tried to flee but Mr Stringer fell over and was attacked by the gang, police said.
A large group of up to eight offenders ran after the victims and anyone seeing it would have been under no illusions of what they were witnessing.
He was repeatedly punched and kicked as he lay on the ground, suffering two fractured eye sockets.
His friend was also punched in the face. Mr Stringer had surgery and has now been discharged.
Writing on her Facebook page, Mrs Stringer said her son’s right eye was not working due to the damage and she was not sure if he would ever regain sight.
Police confirmed the attack was being treated as a hate crime.
There were seven or eight offenders, who are described as being Asian, in their late-teens or early-20s.
It is understood there were no racist or other comments directed at either victim.
Detective Inspector Dave Moores, of Tameside CID, said of the attack: “It happened at a time of night where there are usually plenty of people milling around walking between pubs or visiting takeaways in the area.
“A large group of up to eight offenders ran after the victims and anyone seeing it would have been under no illusions of what they were witnessing.
“Please, if you saw the incident or what led up to it, or if you have any information that could help us, then pick up the phone.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Tameside CID on 0161 856 9250
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