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Two arrested after town centre attack

Blurred vision: Phillip Young received injuries to his face and eyes in the attack at the Lifeboat Inn

Blurred vision: Phillip Young received injuries to his face and eyes in the attack at the Lifeboat Inn

A tourist was bitten, punched, kicked and had his eyes gouged by two men as he enjoyed a drink in a busy town centre pub.

Phillip Young, 47, of Hulme, Manchester, was enjoying a day out with three friends when they stopped in for a drink at the Lifeboat Inn on Foxhall Road on Wednesday night.

The group was subjected to a volley of verbal abuse before the man was set upon in an allegedly unprovoked attack.

Mr Young was taken by ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

His friend Ella Babrawalla, who witnessed the attack, said she had been left traumatised by what she saw. “I thought he was going to die,” she said.

“They just grabbed him and one of them put their fingers in Phil’s eyes. He’s been left with double vision and severe pain.

“One also tried to bite his nose. He’s got bite marks and bruises all over him and he’s lost some of his front teeth.

“I kept on screaming at them to stop, and people in the pub tried to get them off him.”

Mrs Babrawalla said the attack happened at the end of their trip to Blackpool, during which they had walked along the Promenade from South Shore.

They had called in at the Lifeboat Inn for one drink before heading back.

Police confirmed a 31-year-old man and a 37-year-old man, both from Blackpool had been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. They are on bail until September 2.

A spokesman said: “Two men engaged the tourist in a verbal argument before he was punched and kicked and bitten.

“The offenders made off but were arrested by police close to the scene.”

The North West Ambulance Service confirmed it had taken an assault victim to hospital.

 
 
 

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