Two teenagers were knocked to the ground and beaten during a brutal robbery in Manchester’s Gay Village.
One of the victims was stamped on as he lay helpless on the floor in Sackville Gardens in the early hours.
The attack, carried out by a gang of four, came between 4am and 4.45am on Tuesday, August 4.
The victims, both 19, believed to be from Derbyshire, were visiting Manchester city centre for a night out.
They were approached by the offenders at the top end of Sackville Gardens near Canal Street, and the gang made brief conversation before they all left. The offenders soon returned and attacked the pair, then stole their mobile phones and fled.
Police have arrested three people in connection with the attack and are now appealing for information.
One of the offenders was described as white, about 5ft 10in tall, skinny to medium build, mid-20s, and either bald or with very short light brown hair on the sides. He was wearing a dark grey, long-sleeved hooded top with writing on the front.
Another was said to be white, mid-20s, about 6ft tall and wearing a baseball cap, jogging bottoms and a dark grey hooded top. The others were also thought to be wearing jogging bottoms and hooded tops.
Three men, aged 19, 20 and 25, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and were bailed until September 23, pending further enquiries.
Det Sgt Mark Astbury said: “These two young men had simply come into Manchester to enjoy a night out when, for absolutely no reason, they were set upon by a gang of four men. With strength in numbers, they subjected these two innocent young men to a nasty and unprovoked attack and stole their mobile phones.
“We have made three arrests but our inquiries will continue until we establish the identities of everyone involved and brought these people to justice. I would therefore appeal to anyone who has information or who witnessed what happened to please do the right thing, come forward and tell us what you know.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.