A number of men have been attacked with batons and weapons leaving one needing surgery to his eye.

In the very early hours of Sunday morning, police were called to the Bretherton Arms on Eaves Lane in Chorley.

Reports stated that several people had been assaulted at the pub and two men were found with injuries, which police believe were inflicted using a baton type weapon.

A 22-year-old and a 40-year-old were taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for the police said: "Detectives are appealing for information after a number of men were assaulted in Chorley.

"We were called shortly after 1am on Sunday to reports that several people had been assaulted at the Bretherton Arms on Eaves Lane.

"We attended and found two men with injuries after an assault with what is believed to be a baton-type weapon.

"The men, aged 22 and 40, were taken to hospital."

The men's injuries were not life-threatening, although the 40-year-old suffered a serious eye injury which has required surgery.

Police have subsequently spoken to a further three men who say they were also assaulted.

At this time it is believed that three male suspects are responsible for the assault, all of whom are described as wearing dark clothing.

No arrests have been made but enquiries are on-going.

Detective Constable Laura Thornley, of South CID, said: “This was a really serious assault which has left a number of men with some significant injuries.

"I would appeal to anyone who saw the incident or who has any information to get in touch.

“I know there were a number of people who filmed the incident on mobile phones and I am especially keen to hear from anyone who may have footage and has not yet spoken to police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 97 of September 13 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.