THE cousin of Steven Dyson has been assaulted and his family threatened.

Jamie Boore, aged 29, was taking his 11-year-old daughter to Peel Brow Mini-Market in Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, to buy some sweets on Sunday evening when he was attacked by another man.

The attack left both Mr Boore and his daughter shaken up, according to his mother Trish.

She said the attacker then turned up at the family's home in Beechwood Avenue and threatened to burn down the house.

Ms Boore added: “Jamie had taken his daughter to the shop around the corner. She was choosing some sweets and this guy came straight over and punched him in the face and started kicking him.

“My granddaughter was absolutely hysterical seeing all the blood. It was just completely out of the blue.

“Then they came to my house and threatened to burn my house down and firefighters had to come out to fit a special letter box.

“His face is a mess and he is probably scarred for life. They just missed his eye.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Police were called shortly before 9pm on Sunday 10 June after a man was assaulted at a shop on Peel Brow, Ramsbottom.

“The victim received minor injuries after being punched and kicked by a man. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Steven Dyson died earlier this year after he went missing following a New Year's Eve party in St Andrew’s Close, Ramsbottom.

It is believed he left the party, but did not make it back to his home in Beechwood Avenue.

He was reported missing by his mother later that day, sparking a police search of Nuttall Park and the surrounding area.

In the days that followed, members of the public formed organised search parties in a bid to assist police, before a body was eventually found in the River Irwell in nearby Summerseat on Saturday, January 6.

Last week, an inquest into his death heard that Steven died as a result of 'drowning', but recorded an open conclusion.