A Chorley man was slashed across the face in an unprovoked attack after he left home to buy milk from a nearby shop.

The incident happened just before 9.30pm on Thursday, August 25 at The Martindales in Clayton-le-Woods.

The 45-year-old victim had gone out to buy milk from his local Asda and was walking the short distance home through a walkway when he has been approached by three men, one of whom shouted abuse at him insisting he wanted him out of the neighbourhood.

Using an unknown weapon the man was slashed across the face, receiving a two inch cut to his left cheek.

As he attempted to defended himself he also received a further three inch cut to his left arm.

The man was treated at Chorley Hospital and later released, but is still recovering from his injuries.

DC Phillip Rukin from Chorley Police said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on an innocent man simply walking home from the shop and we need the public’s help to identify those people responsible.

“The victim has only recently moved to the Clayton-le-Woods area and has understandably been left shaken by this incident.”

The main offender is described as a white man, aged between 25 and 30 years old, around 5ft 8in tall and of stocky build.

He was wearing a dark hooded top with his hood up and dark trousers and spoke with a local accent.

The other two offenders are described as make and were also wearing hooded tops; one was blue and was also wearing white trainers.

Anybody with any information that could assist police is asked to call 08451 25 35 45.