TWO people have appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm following an incident where a man was left seriously ill after being hit by a taxi.

John Gorton, 35, is in intensive care at Burnley General Hospital with serious injuries suffered when he was hit by a taxi as he was fleeing from an alleged attack.

Two men appeared in court in Burnley charged with wounding Blackburn Benefits Agency worker Mr Gorton with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

Brian David Dean, 20, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody to appear at Burnley Crown Court on January 30.

He was represented by Basil Dearing and there was no application for bail.

A 16-year-old was granted bail to appear at the crown court on the same date.

He was allowed bail on the condition that he lives at his mother's address in Burnley, observes a curfew from 8pm to 7am and that he does not approach or contact any prosecution witnesses except for his girlfriend.

He was represented by Geoff Ireland.

Mr Gorton of Trinity Towers, off Accrington Road, Burnley, was injured when he was hit by a taxi in Westgate in the early hours of Sunday.