Man suffers broken leg after pick axe attack

Police are appealing for information after a man was left with a broken leg after being seriously assaulted in Burnley on Wednesday afternoon.
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The attack happened at around 3-30pm in Northwood Close, off Wellfield Drive, when the victim, aged 38 from Colne, was doing some work on a house in the area and was approached by a man who had got out of a white cabbed Ford Transit flatbed vehicle.

The offender launched an unprovoked assault, striking the victim with a pick axe handle and left the area in the same vehicle which he arrived in.

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DC Phil McGauley, from Burnley CID, said: “This was a shocking attack that came from nowhere with the victim being assaulted without any warning. He had to be taken to hospital where he was treated for a badly broken leg.

“I am asking any witnesses or anyone with information that could assist with our investigation to please get in touch at their earliest opportunity.”

If you have any information, please call Burnley CID on 01282 472503. Alternatively, please ring 101 quoting incident reference 853 of July 6th.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at