Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a man was assaulted in West Kirby yesterday (Monday 29 May).
At around 5.15pm, it was reported that a man in his 50s had been assaulted by a group of youths in Ashton Park, next to the lake, and struck to the head with a bike seat.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of his injury and was later discharged.
The altercation began when the man shouted at the youths for damaging metal railings near to Carpenter Lane.
The youths then approached the man and assaulted him. During the attack, some of the youths fell into the lake before fleeing the scene.
The youths were described as wearing all black clothing and police enquiries are ongoing to locate them.
The bike seat used in the assault was left at the scene and has been recovered by officers.
Detective Inspector Dave Sung said, “This was a vicious assault which left the victim with a deep cut to his head. This unprovoked attack was caused by the victim trying to do the right thing and attempting to stop the youths from causing criminal damage in the park.
“The park was busy yesterday, particularly around the lake where this incident occurred, so we are hoping that it was witnessed.
“If you saw this assault, or have any information about the incident, please come forward.
“We believe this group of youths were also involved in a disturbance at Hoylake train station earlier that same day. If you were at the train station and saw anything suspicious, please let us know.
“I would urge parents to make sure they know where their children are when they are out and about in the local community.
“The actions of children, or anyone, who commits anti-social behaviour or more serious offences cannot be tolerated and we would ask parents to play their part in ensuring their children don’t end up on the wrong side of the law.
“Furthermore, if parents are aware that their child has committed an offence, they should do the right thing and contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 23000459859.