'Nasty' assault outside Riccarton bar

A man and woman required hospital treatment for cuts to their heads and faces after they were attacked outside a Christchurch bar.

Police today appealed for witnesses to come forward over the incident outside the Craic Irish Bar, on Riccarton Rd, between 10.45pm and 11.10pm on Saturday.

Constable Paul Wilson said the victims, both in their 20s, had been at the races earlier in the day. The cuts to their heads and faces required stitches, but it was unclear if a weapon was used.

Wilson said there were a number of patrons and bystanders at the time of the attack.

The altercation lasted about nine minutes. "It was a nasty assault," he said. 

"We're trying to establish exactly what happened."

Police had video footage from the bar and had spoken to bar owners and had a list of about 10 witnesses to speak to.

Wilson said they needed others who had not already come forward to do so.

There was no description of the offender and it was unclear which direction he went in after the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wilson at the Christchurch police on (03) 363-7400.

The Press