A painter and decorator was left covered in blood and will be permanently scarred after he was hit by shards of glass following an incident in a busy town centre pub.
Jack Salmon (21) was in the Swan, in St James’s Street, with friends on Saturday when a glass was thrown. Another reveller, believed to be with a large group, threw the pint glass to the ceiling causing it to smash and send pieces flying into the air. Jack was left with blood pouring from a cut above his eye, which needed five stitches. Two other wounds on his face had to be glued by doctors at the Royal Blackburn Hospital where he was taken by ambulance.
“I didn’t know it had happened at first,” said Jack, a former Habergham High School pupil.
“With someone throwing a full glass at the ceiling, a lot of beer came out as well.
“I could just see red dripping out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was beer.
“I asked my mate if it was beer and he said we needed to go outside. When I got outside I took a photo of myself and realised what had happened. I knew the glass had hit me but I just thought I was bruised.”
One of Jack’s friends called an ambulance and he was taken to hospital for treatment but later discharged.
The pub was full of people who had earlier been out to watch Burnley’s East Lancashire derby game against Blackburn when the incident happened in the beer garden area, at 6-40pm.
Jack has given a statement to police but CCTV cameras in the pub are not thought to have captured the incident.
He had been out with a small group of friends and had watched the football match in the Irish League Club before moving on to Burnley Miners’ Club and later the town centre.
“We weren’t drunk or anything we were just having a bit of a sing song. Everybody started chanting and then that happened.
“There were a lot of people in the pub. Someone just decided it would be funny to throw a glass up at the ceiling. It all happened really quickly. A window shattered as well.”
Jack decided to share pictures of his injuries on Facebook, which have so far been shared nearly 500 times, in a bid to help police catch the culprit.
“I’d ask anyone with information to contact the police,” he added.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.