CCTV clue in hunt for street attacker

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an 'unprovoked' attack in Wesham

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an 'unprovoked' attack in Wesham

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Police want to speak to this man in connection with an ‘unprovoked’ attack on a man who was beaten with his own crutches.

Detectives have released the CCTV image in a bid to trace the man pictured as part of an investigation into the assault in Wesham that left a man and woman cut and bruised.

This was a nasty and unprovoked attack on both victims as they were simply making their way to the shop

A 30-year old man, who was on crutches, was walking along Station Road with his girlfriend, 25, when a car approached.

As they crossed the road, the two occupants of the car, travelling from Kirkham, shouted at them and beeped the horn before getting out.

Police say the man was punched several times and pushed to the ground, where he was hit repeatedly with his crutches.

The woman was also hit with the crutches and knocked to the ground. One of the attackers stamped on her hand before they got back in the car and fled.

The incident took place at around 11pm on October 16 but police have only now released details.

Det Sgt Abi Finch, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was a nasty and unprovoked attack on both victims as they were simply making their way to the shop.

“We are keen to trace the man pictured in the CCTV images as we would like to speak to him as part of our on-going enquiries.

“If anyone has any information that could assist with our investigation I would urge them to get in touch.”

The man suffered cuts and bruises to his head and body as well as a swollen eye.

His girlfriend suffered cuts and bruises to her hip and arm as a result of the attack.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed until December 14.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blackpool CID by calling (01253) 607049 or 101.