A student savagely beaten in a horrifying day-time street robbery has called for his attackers to be caught before they can strike again.
Michael Conway was punched, stamped on and knocked unconscious by two men as he made his way home from Burnley College.
The 31-year-old computing student had been asked for the time by an Asian man near Holme Road when another man hit him over the head from behind.
Michael thought he was going to be killed as the pair punched and kicked him to the ground before running off with his Sony mobile phone and leather laptop bag.
The vicious attack broke his jaw and shattered bones in his face and the former gas engineer will now need reconstructive surgery at the Royal Preston Hospital.
He said: “They are animals. They left me there to die.
“It was 1pm in the afternoon and broad daylight. You don’t expect this kind of thing to happen.
“One man asked me ‘have you got the time?’ and before I knew it another man crept up behind me.
“There must have been a massive struggle because the subway was covered in blood. I was knocked out cold.
“How I managed to get out of that subway is a feat beyond recognition the state I was in.”
The attack happened as he walked home from college in a subway near Pendle Way at 1pm on Thursday, March 28th.
The former St Theodore’s High School pupil said: “Pretty much every piece of bone in my face is broken – my eye socket, my jaw and my cheek bones are shattered. I am very lucky to be alive.
“Everyone who has heard about it is appalled.
“It could happen to someone else. I believe these people will strike again. These people are cowards and they need to be caught.”
The offenders were described as being aged 16 to 20. One was described as being 6ft tall, of medium build and wearing a black zip-up Adidas hooded top with light blue piping down the arms.
The second man was described as being of slim build and wearing a grey hooded top.
Police say one of the offenders may have sustained an eye injury in the attack.
Anyone with information should call Burnley police on 472140 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.