Search continues for potential witnesses after man suffers 'horrific' injuries in 'savage' Lancashire attack

Detectives investigating an assault in Skelmersdale in which a man suffered "terrible injuries" are continuing to search for two potential witnesses.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 3:40 pm
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 3:42 pm

The assault occurred when the victim, a 37-year-old man, was on his way to work on Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 4).

He was found with serious injuries near Ferndale, Birch Green, by officers at around 7.30am.

Enquiries have since revealed the incident took place near Firbeck and the offenders had asked the victim for money, police said.

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When he said he did not have any money, he was attacked and ultimately suffered multiple fractures to his face.

Officers released CCTV images of two men and a woman they would like to speak to as potential witnesses on Tuesday, April 27.

Today (April 30), police confirmed they have identified the woman, but they are continuing to search for the two men.

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Police would like to speak to these two men as they believe they may have seen what happened. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Det Sgt Karen Harrison from Skelmersdale CID said: "Thankfully the victim is recovering well from the terrible injuries he suffered and has been released from hospital.

"Our enquiries are continuing and as part of that we have identified two men who we think may have seen what happened. We need to speak to them as soon as possible.

"If you recognise these people or you think it could be you in the images, please make contact with us. Similarly, if you know anything about who was responsible for this savage attack, please get in touch."

A 17-year-old and 19-year-old from Skelmersdale arrested in connection with the assault remain on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 0290 of April 4.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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