AN abusive thug who left his victim with chipped teeth and hearing loss following an assault has been jailed.

Officers were called to a property in Whalley New Road, Blackburn, just after 7am on October 7 following reports of an assault.

Investigations discovered the defendant, Paul Donlin, had knocked on the door of the property and as soon as he was let inside, he made threats to a man.

Police say when a second man went to see what was going on, he was hit in the face by Donlin.

A struggle then ensued, during which Donlin kicked the victim to the head at least two times.

The second victim - who suffered a two centimetre cut to his forehead, cuts around his face, two chipped teeth, rib injuries and some hearing loss managed to escape via the front door and was picked up by a passer-by.

Donlin then got into a waiting Mercedes-Benz car and while being driven around came across the first victim, on nearby Cornelian Street.

After being threatened with being stabbed by Donlin, the first victim was led back to Whalley New Road.

Donlin then told the first victim he had 10 seconds to bring the other occupants of the house outside and began counting down from 10.

The first victim ran through the house, out of the back door and hid in a nearby garden until police arrived.

Donlin, 40, of Teasel Walk, Morecambe, was arrested and answered no comment to all questions put to him.

After being charged and put before the courts, Donlin pleaded guilty to wounding, two affrays and making off without payment.

He was sentenced to five years in prison following a hearing at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday, May 10.

Det Con Adele Hassall, of Blackburn CID, said: “Donlin’s conduct on the morning of October 7 was completely unacceptable.

“I hope this sentence reflects how seriously Lancashire Police and the courts treat this kind of violent offending.

“Donlin left one man with some very nasty injuries and others, including bystanders, extremely fearful.

“I would like to thank my colleagues for helping to compile the evidence which led to Donlin’s conviction and subsequent sentence.”