Man attacked on night out

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was subjected to a serious and unprovoked assault as he walked home from a pub in Rawtenstall last month.

The assault took place between midnight and 1 a.m. on Sunday, February 19th, when the 36-year-old victim was walking down Bacup Road in the town centre.

He was walking past a group of six to eight men opposite the health centre when one of them approached him and punched him to the face causing him to fall to the floor.

He then grappled with his attacker but was kicked by the other offenders as he lay on the floor. A passer-by came to his aid and the offenders fled the scene.

The victim sustained a broken rib, broken nose and a bite to his right ear.

DC Steven Acres, from Burnley CID, said: “This was a completely unprovoked assault which has happened on a busy main road when people would have been leaving pubs and clubs. An investigation is under way but I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this incident, including the man that came to the victim’s aid to come forward.”

The main offender is described as being around 23 years old, 5ft, 8in. tall, of average build with short dark brown hair and was wearing a dark top.

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.