A police officer has called for better lighting in a Blackpool park to reduce crime after a man was set upon by thugs.
But the would-be robbers were left licking their wounds after trying to steal a trained boxer’s mobile phone.
The trio had not reckoned on the 27-year-old’s reaction when they pounced on him as he walked home through Kingscote Park, Layton.
It is thought one of them may have suffered a broken tooth, or lost a tooth, and he or one of the other assailants may have a broken nose.
PC Nick Trangmar, from Bispham Police Station, said the men may have been laid in wait on the dark path.
At around 5.30pm on January 14, the offenders approached the man on the path, which links the two sides of Kingscote Drive, and demanded his phone.
When he refused, two of them started to punch him. He fought back and all three fled towards Fordway Avenue empty-handed. Their victim escaped with minor injuries.
PC Nick Trangmar said: “Other parts of the park are lit and lighting always helps to reduce the chance of something like this happening.
“This was a nasty incident and we need to find the people responsible. It’s possible they might have a pop at someone else who is unable to fight back.
“This time they perhaps got more than they bargained for because the victim used to box a few years ago and they met more than their match.”
It is understood there are no immediate plans to review the lighting in the park although Blackpool Council declined to comment.
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101.
Police hoping to identify culprits by their injuries
Police are appealing for anybody who has information about someone who suffered an unexplained broken nose or tooth around the time of the incident to come forward.
The offenders were all white and aged in their late teens to early 20s. One was described as wearing a black hooded jacket in shell suit material with the hood up.
PC Nick Trangmar said: “The victim thinks he caught one of them in the tooth with his knuckle and that the man may have lost his tooth.”