MACHETE wielding thugs have left two men with ‘serious injuries’ after attacking them in an Accrington barber’s shop.
The two victims had been inside the shop in Ormerod Street when four masked men carrying machetes and knives forced their way inside.
Detectives investigating the incident said the gang attacked the pair before forcing them into the street.
The thugs also attacked a parked car during the incident at midnight on Saturday.
Police said they were alerted to the incident after witnesses called an ambulance.
The victims both suffered deep wounds and had to be taken to hospital by paramedics.
One of the men, a 23-year-old man from Accrington sustained a serious head injury while, the other a 24-year-old man also from Accrington suffered a serious cut to his arm, police said.
Both men are being treated at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and their condition was yesterday described as ‘serious but not life threatening’.
Detectives investigating the incident are now urging anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
DI Claire Holbrook, of Eastern division’s public protect unit, said: “We are treating this incident extremely seriously.
“Despite the offenders wearing facial coverings we will endeavour to bring these extremely violent offenders to justice.
“I urge anyone with information about the attack to come forward and contact police.”
Extra police patrols have been launched in the area to try reassure residents. Police said they were looking for a gang of Asian men in connection with the attack.
A 23-year-old man from Accrington was arrested and released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101.