Park attack victim’s eye surgery setback

Mark Earnshaw, of Huntingdon Road in Anchorsholme, who was attacked outside his home and suffered a broken nose and severe bruising.'Mark with a photo showing his injuries soon after the attack.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-3-2013

Mark Earnshaw, of Huntingdon Road in Anchorsholme, who was attacked outside his home and suffered a broken nose and severe bruising.'Mark with a photo showing his injuries soon after the attack. PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-3-2013

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DOCTORS have warned a father brutally attacked in a Blackpool park that he faces permanent eye damage.

Mark Earnshaw (pictured) is recovering from laser eye surgery, which he underwent after being attacked in Anchorsholme park.

The 51-year-old said: “I’m recovering and if you look at me I look an awful lot better than I did because I’ve repaired very well. The swelling is going down and the stitches have come out of my face but my cheek is still black around my damaged eye.

“I have limited vision in my right eye which is cloudy and I’ve got to go back to hospital.

“Doctors have told me I will have permanent damage in my eye but fingers crossed it’s minimal because the laser eye surgery takes two weeks to take effect.”

Mr Earnshaw spoke to The Gazette about his recovery as the police renewed their appeal for help to track the thugs who attacked him around 1.30am on Saturday, March 9.

One of the offenders is described as white, aged 17 to 21, of skinny build and around 6ft to 6ft 3in tall. He had short, dark hair.

The other is described as white, aged 17 to 20, of slim build, and around 5ft 9in tall. He had short, mousey hair.

Det Con Alan Quanbrough said: “One of the offenders is described as having very bad acne, while the other had a freckled complexion.

“These are quite distinctive features, if you think you know who these people are I urge you to come forward.”