Safety plea after underpass attack
THE PARTNER of a man who was viciously attacked in a town underpass has spoken about his ordeal.
The 49-year-old was left unconscious and bleeding after the attack in the underpass at Waters Green, Macclesfield, on Friday night.
He was taken to hospital with his injuries.
The man is too traumatised to talk about his ordeal, but his partner, who does not want to be named for fear of repercussions, has spoken about the attack.
She said he suffered a grazed head, bruised ribs, a deep cut on his chin and a nasty bruise on his ankle.
She said: “He’s been left in a mess, a real mess.
“He’s covered in cuts and bruises and had a deep cut on his chin so had to have it glued.
“He was walking home from the pub when it happened. He felt a smack on the back of his head and the next thing he was on the floor.
“He passed out after he was hit. It was horrendous. It’s not just the physical effects, it’s the psychological effects too. He’s scared to go down there now.”
The underpass runs underneath the railway line and the A523, the Silk Road.
The couple want to see measures taken to make it safer.
She said: “We need bet- ter lighting and cameras down there. “It’s intimidating. “There should be more of a police presence to make it safe.”
A police spokesman said officers attended at 10.15pm on Friday, April 17, after reports of an assault in the underpass off Sunderland Street, the road which turns into Waters Green before the underpass.
A 15-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed until May 28.
Caroline Simpson, Cheshire East Council’s executive director of economic growth and prosperity, said the council will take action to make the area safer.
She said: “In view of the recent incident, lighting will be high on the agenda and a number of options are under consideration.
“Work has already been undertaken on landscaping to increase visibility and this has made a major difference already.”
Ian Darlington, Cheshire East council’s street lighting manager, added: “The lights on the 108 steps and the Brunswick Street steps are currently out of order. We are going to repair them this week but may not be able to fix all of them because of the lack of safe access for elevating equipment.
“We are proposing to convert the underpass lights to LED, which are far more robust and have an anticipated life far in excess of the current lighting.”
Police are continuing their inquiries to find out more about the attack.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 1013 of April 17.
●● The passageway at Waters Green where a 49-year-old man was attacked