Sickening moment at least eight bouncers batter clubber in street and punch him in face in shocking attack

Police are investigating after footage of the brawl, filmed outside the Factory club in Manchester city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning, was posted online.

It shows a group of security staff surrounding the teenager before repeatedly punching him in the face and kneeing him to the floor.

Police say the man was taken to hospital with a serious injury after the attack at 3.20am yesterday and remains in a stable condition.

Horrified social media users have slammed the doormen saying they should have their licenses removed.

Staff at the club say they are also probing the "distressing incident" after watching the footage, which was circulated on social media.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page, Factory said: "We have launched a full investigation into this distressing incident and will be working with the police, local authority and our third party security provider to ensure that the matter is dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

"Factory is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all its customers and we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour from anyone directly or indirectly employed by us, whatever the circumstances.

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"Any security personnel found to be involved will be terminated with immediate effect, regardless of the outcome of any police investigation.

"Having viewed both the CCTV footage and the video circulating on social media, we can only say that we are shocked by what we have seen.

"We will also be getting in touch with the young men involved and we sincerely hope that they will make a speedy recovery."

Sacha Lord, night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, said: "This is certainly not what Greater Manchester's nightlife is about.

"This incident will be dealt with immediately."

After viewing the video on Twitter he wrote: "This does not represent Greater Manchester. A lot of you have sent me this.

"I promise you I'll make sure @gmpolice are fully aware of it. They should never work again, on any door and @gmpolice should take action against the individuals."

Shocked social media users have blasted the security staff

One wrote on Twitter: "Its disgraceful from doormen… they are meant to be vetted & licensed security professionals.

"They should have their licence taken away & never work the job again."

Another said: "Horrific What is this world coming to!!! Those security guards should be arrested they could have killed him. I hope he is ok."

A Twitter user simply put it: "Pathetic bullies".

Councillor Pat Karney, city centre spokesman, said: "We will not tolerate this kind of violence in our city.There will be a full investigation into this incident."

A police investigation has been launched and officers are appealing for anyone with video footage to get in touch.

Chief Inspector Cherie Buttle of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “We’re aware that there are a number of videos circulating on social media and I cannot stress how important it is that those with footage make contact with us.

“With a mobile phone at everyone’s fingertips, filming something is often the first thing people think to do but please, pass this onto us to so we can fully investigate this matter.

“While it was early in the morning, this happened on a busy street so there may have been people who have seen something but have not yet been in touch with us.

“You can talk directly to our investigation team or pass on any information through Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3221 quoting reference number 396 of 02/12/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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