A reveller was knocked unconscious twice in two separate attacks within minutes outside a town centre night spot.

Preston Crown Court heard moments after victim Ishtiaq Ahmed was bundled out of the Blu Bar in Burnley by door staff he was punched once by John Stephen McParland.

CCTV played in court showed Mr Ahmed laying lifeless on the floor but when he got back to his feet and began stumbling around he was then attacked by Michael Chippendale.

Prosecuting, Peter Barr said Mr Ahmed and a second man had been drinking in Burnley for some time before the incident which happened just before 6am on June 9, 2018, each consuming 12 Strongbow ciders and half a bottle of wine.

They also consumed other drinks in Mode nightclub in the town before going to Blu Bar.

Mr Barr said: "There seems to have been some altercation in the Blu Bar involving Mr Ahmed. Your Honour will see Mr Ahmed coming out of the door horizontally. Mr Ahmed may have been making a nuisance of himself in the club.

"The first punch is from a man in a white shirt, who is the defendant Mr McParland.

"Later on a man in a black top - Mr Chippendale - attacks Mr Ahmed several times. Both of those attacks result in him hitting the ground." The court heard Chippendale was identified to the police, who pursued and arrested him. When under caution Chippendale said: "I am going to lose my job. I have f*****d up.

Chippendale, 22, of Lower Tentre, Burnley, was searched and police found four wraps of cocaine.

McParland, 20, of no fixed address, was identified by police from CCTV.

Both men answered no comment in police interview.

As a result of the incident Mr Ahmed suffered multiple fractures to his nose which required surgery and a two centimetre cut to his forehead.

In a victim personal statement he said: "I am traumatised from the attack. I have nightmares. I am suffering from sleepless nights. I am depressed. I am anxious. I am afraid of going out at night.

Both men were charged with wounding with intent but pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH). Chippendale also pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug.

The court heard McParland was on licence at the time of the offence, having been released halfway through a 16-month sentence for two ABH offences.

Defending McParland, who has 12 convictions for 23 offence, Richard English said: "His best mitigation is his guilty plea. He and friends were at the Blu Bar. The complainant was drunk and generally abusive. That carried on outside the bar.

"The defendant doesn't try to excuse what he did. There is no reason he can assert, other than he had been wound up by the complainant's behaviour. He hit him. He should not have done it. He is sorry for what he did."

Defending Chippendale, Philip Holden said his client was of previous good character and unlike his co-accused was not on licence at the time.

Judge Simon Medland said McParland had an appalling previous record for someone of 20-years-of age and said if he continued to punch people while drunk he would go on to murder someone. McParland was sentenced to eight months in a young offenders institution.

Chippendale was given a 12-month community order, with 200 hours unpaid work and a two-month curfew.