Victim may lose eye after Burnley street attack
4:15pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
DOCTORS fear a man who was seriously assaulted in Burnley may not regain the sight in his eye after he was punched in the face.
The attack happened as the 38-year-old victim was walking along Harry Potts Way with a friend.
Police said he was approached by a man, who was part of a group of at least four men on the opposite side of the road, and asked for a cigarette.
The victim and his friend apologised as they did not have one and crossed over the road.
Without warning, one member of the group punched the victim on the right side of his face, causing him to fall.
Before leaving, a member of the gang apologised to the pair.
He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and was diagnosed with a serious injury to his right eye and jaw which will require several operations.
There is a chance his sight will not recover.
The assault happened around 11.40pm on Sunday, August 25.
The attacker was described as white, aged around 20, 5ft 9ins tall and of stocky athletic build.
He had blonde hair with a fringe which was very short at the sides and slightly longer on top and was wearing a dark blue T-shirt.
Police are appealing for anybody with information to come forward.
Det Con Ian McLean said: “This unprovoked assault could have a life-changing impact on the victim.
“One of the men who was in company with the offender even apologised to the victim and I urge this man to come forward.”
Anybody who saw what happened or has information about the incident should call police on 01282 472142 or 101.
Witnesses can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org
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