A 21-year-old man has been left with horrific injuries after being assaulted on a night out.
The victim, Thomas Hickey, was knocked to the ground, stabbed in the head with a screwdriver and beaten by a group of men late on Friday night near Liquid & Envy nightclub in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
His head was badly wounded, with two very deep cuts, and he broke a knee in attempting to flee from his attackers.
He was taken to the hospital, where his dad photographed his injuries and put them online in an attempt to find his assailants.
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His dad Martin said: "He went outside for a cigarette.
"He got stabbed twice in the head, he has got a broken knee and bruises all over him.
"He has got two puncture wounds in his head. The doctor was saying he was really lucky not to be dead.
"It needs to be sorted out. You can't even go out at night without something happening. There is something wrong - it is not good for the community.
"He is a happy-go-lucky lad, he is not into things like that. He keeps himself to himself. He doesn't cause any trouble. I don't know what this attack is going to do to him. He is a young lad - he isn't a fighter."
The assault took place at 2:30am on Saturday morning near Liquid & Envy, though the club have stated that the attack took place near the venue, not in it, and was not carried out by people who had been in the club that night.
The attack happened close to the Liquid & Envy nightclub (Credit: Google Maps)
A spokesperson for Liquid & Envy told the MEN: "We are a professionally run venue and providing a fun and safe night out for people is our number one priority," they said in a statement.
"This was a nasty attack that happened adjacent to our venue and out of sight of our door teams, by a gang who had not been in our club.
"As soon as the incident was brought to our attention we immediately attended to the man and brought him inside our venue to safety, where we administered first aid and called the emergency services.
"Our external CCTV has managed to capture much of the incident and we have handed this over to the police to help with their investigation and hopefully bring those responsible to face justice.
"We are glad to hear his injuries are not life threatening and wish him a full and speedy recovery."
GMP confirmed a man suffered a wound to the head after being attacked with a 'screwdriver-like' implement at around 2.30am on Saturday, 24 March.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call GMP on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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