A man was punched and knocked unconscious outside a town centre bar.

The incident took place outside Ships and Giggles in Burnley at around 3.10am on December 27.

Police have now released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak with in connection with the serious assault.

Police were called to the incident in Hargreaves Street and found the victim, a man aged in his 40s, had been punched, resulting in him being knocked unconscious.

The victim required medical treatment where it was confirmed that he had sustained serious injuries, which included a broken jaw and nose.

Lancashire Telegraph: The man in the CCTV image is wanted by police following the attack outsude Ships and Giggles in Burnley

The officer in the case, Hannah Hogg, said: “We would urge anyone who recognises this man to speak to police immediately.

“We believe the victim was an innocent member of the public who was attempting to diffuse an ongoing altercation in the street, when he was punched, resulting in his serious injuries.

“If you can help identify the male or you have any information which would assist this investigation, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can call 101 or email 14576@lancashire.police.uk quoting log 0199 of December 27.