Safety plea af­ter un­der­pass attack

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

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

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