Town centre attacker still hunted by police

Detectives continue to hunt the attacker who punched a teenager to the ground, fracturing his skull, in Blackpool town centre.

Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 8:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 9:32 am
Church Street, Blackpool, close to where the attack is reported to have happened (Picture: Google)

The 17-year-old victim, understood to be a soldier, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital after being knocked out in the fracas, which happened at around 12.30am on Sunday, July 1.

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He is understood to be recovering – after medics at Preston, which specialises in major head injuries, were put on standby for his arrival.

One witness said he was working nearby when he saw a “big argument between two big groups of people” in Church Street, before “one of the lads took off his shirt, ran up to another lad, and punched him.”