A TEENAGER was left with a fractured jaw after he was attacked by four men while he walked home in Blackburn.
The victim was followed by the men who subjected him to an unprovoked assault, fracturing his jaw in two places.
Police said he needed surgery for the injury.
The incident took place at around 9pm last Saturday, June 1 when the man was walking across a field near to the Observatory pub in Haslingden Road towards Sullivan Drive in the Higher Croft area.
The offenders are believed to be Asian and in their late teens or early 20s.
DI Paul Langley said: “The victim has suffered significant injuries and is obviously shaken by the incident.
“I’d reassure people that such attacks are not common in the area and there have been no other recent reports of such assaults in Blackburn.
“An investigation is underway but I’d appeal for anybody who was in the area of Haslingden Road who may have seen the incident, in particular a man walking a white dog who was seen by the victim after the assault, to contact the police on 101 quoting log reference LC-20130604-0337.”
People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org