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Teenage girl is punched in vicious attack on walk to college


Police are hunting for two men who assaulted a teenage girl as she walked to college in Accrington last week.

The attack took place at around 9:05am on Friday 28th of September as the 17-year old girl was walking along Lancaster Avenue. She was approached by two Asian men who followed her into Milnshaw Park, at which point, she was viciously assaulted by them.

The victim was punched several times and received a small cut to her face, believed to have been caused by a small craft knife.

Detective Inspector Jill Johnston said, “This seems to be a completely unprovoked attack and we are very keen indeed to trace the people responsible and we would ask anyone with any information to come forward as soon as possible.

“Fortunately, the girl’s injuries were only minor but she was clearly left very shaken by what happened.

“In particular, we believe there was a man, thought to be in his 60’s who was walking a ‘Westie type’ dog may have witnessed what happened but has not yet spoken to police. I would ask him, if he sees this appeal, to get in touch with us – he could have vital information.”

The first of the two men has been described as being Asian, in his late teens to early 20’s, about six feet tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black tracksuit. The second man has been described as Asian and again, late teens to early 20’s. He was around five feet six inches tall of stocky build with a distinctive tattoo on the right side of his neck. He was also wearing a black tracksuit.

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