Two men who stepped in to stop “two girls being raped” were left seriously injured after being beaten up – and one will require facial reconstruction surgery.
The hospitalised pair, aged 19 and 25, have been hailed heroes by friends and family as well as others on social media.
Police are now hunting for the attackers of the two who went to the aid of two girls in distress in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
The two “heroes” were turned on after they intervened and were left unconscious in Hanley in the early hours of Sunday, reports StokeonTrentLive.
One of the victims will need facial reconstruction surgery at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Staffordshire Police are still to make any arrests following the attack at 5.18am on Sunday.
Friends and relatives have taken to Facebook to pay tribute.
Ben Mortimer said: “My stepson and his friend showed pure bravery to prevent the rape of two girls.
“These two deserve a medal for putting themselves in danger. My stepson has multiple broken bones in his face due to the guys stamping on his face.”
Shelly Metcalfe added: “Just so everyone knows. My brother and his friend stopped an attempted rape and they got beat up for it.”
Other readers have come out in support of the brave men.
Neil Watkins said: “Two heroes. I hope they have a speedy recovery because without them the outcome for the two young girls would have been horrendous. Take a bow lads you should be proud of yourselves regardless of the outcome.”
Georgie Priestley said: “These two men were attacked because they were trying to rescue someone from being raped. Without them, this could have been a story about a murdered woman.”
Police have released descriptions of two men they want to speak to following yesterday’s attack.
Both men are black. One was wearing a white, short-sleeved t-shirt and black waistcoat with blue jeans, the other was wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with any information about the two attackers should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 178 of September 5 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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