Police hunt for man who injured victim with belt

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Police are hunting a man who used a belt to cause serious injuries to his victim in a “vicious” attack.

Paul McCartney, 27, repeatedly punched his victim and used the belt to cause deep cuts and tendon damage to their face in August last year.

Blackpool Police

Blackpool Police

He pleaded guilty to GBH with intent at Preston Crown Court on February 1, but he failed appear for sentencing on March 11.

Police are keen to trace McCartney so he can be brought to justice.

Blackpool Central Geograpic Insp Jason Richardson said: “This was a violent offence, and we would appeal to Gazette readers to help us catch him so we can prevent any harm coming to members of the public at his hands.”

Officers are also keen to find Christopher Smalley who is wanted in connection with a racially-aggravated public order offence.

Do you know Christopher Smalley or Paul McCartney?

Do you know Christopher Smalley or Paul McCartney?

Smalley, 22, is believed to have information relating to a distraction burglary on Exchange Street in Blackpool on December 30, during which a laptop was stolen from the home.

Insp Richardson said: “Ultimately anybody who has not turned up at court or who evades the police needs to be brought to justice as soon as possible so we can deliver closure and reassure victims that we have dealt with the matter.”

Anyone who recognises either of the men is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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