A teenager was beaten and robbed by three children who chased him down a Blackpool street.
The victim, in his late teens, suffered a suspected fracture to his eye socket, a broken nose and a ‘severe’ concussion, police said.
A mobile phone and wallet that were taken from a rucksack he was carrying have not been recovered.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following the incident on Annesley Avenue, by Layton Cemetery.
Det Sgt Kathryn Riley, of Blackpool CID, said he fell prey to a ‘really nasty’ attack.
The victim was at the Yorkshire Bank cashpoint on Westcliffe Drive with a friend when they became aware of three youths watching them. As they walked away at around 2am on Sunday ‘minding their own business’, the trio – two boys and a girl – followed them and gave chase.
Det Sgt Riley added: “As the victim turned, one of the group punched him to the face. He was set upon by the younger males and the female. All three then repeatedly punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.”
The boys are described as in their early teens. One had a ‘tanned or mixed race’ appearance. One wore a blue jacket, the other a black one.
The female was described as aged 15 to 16 and with dark red hair. Anyone with information is asked to call Blackpool CID on 101.