POLICE today described how a young man was left with a footprint on his face following a vicious attack by a gang of thugs.
The 20-year-old electrician, from Blackpool, was jumped by three men and two women after leaving the Tache nightclub around 3am yesterday.
He had turned onto nearby George Street when he was confronted by the gang, who began pelting stones at him.
They then struck him twice to the head and stamped on his face while he lay defenceless on the ground, before going through his pockets to steal his phone.
Det Con Steve Higgs, from Blackpool, CID said: “This was a totally unprovoked, vicious attack on a lovely young lad who had been out with friends.
“He had left the Tache and turned left down George Street. A group of people began throwing stones and one person was heard saying ‘You should’ve run’.
“They then ran over to him and he suffered two blows to the head. He remembers being stamped on his head and then he passed out.
“They have gone through his pockets and took his iPhone 3G.
“The victim has suffered serious injuries, on his face he’s got a footprint where they have stamped on him.”
The man suffered a suspected fractured skull and jaw but is said to be in a stable condition recovering at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Police believe the group of attackers, who are thought to be in their 20s, headed off in the direction of Talbot Road following the assault and robbery.
The two women were described as having blonde hair in ponytails while the men wore tracksuits.
Detectives are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. They particularly want to speak to a group of people on Elizabeth Street and another group near the Shell garage on Talbot Road.
Det Con Higgs added: “The two women were possibly not involved but were with the group so we would like to speak to them.
“I’d appeal to anyone in the area at the time to come forward and contact police. It may well be people have information of use to this investigation and I’m keen to hear from them.”
Call Blackpool CID on (01253) 607348 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.