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Police appeal after woman in Blackpool injured in cigarette attack

Blackpool Police are keen to speak to this man in connection with the attack Credit: GMP

Police in Blackpool are appealing for information after a 24-year-old woman in Blackpool was spat on and injured with a lit cigarette.

They are keen to speak to the man, pictured, in connection with the attack and are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.

The woman had been out with friends when an argument started with a group of men nearby.

One of the men approached the woman and spat on her, before pushing a lit cigarette towards her face and damaging her eye. The men then ran away.

She was taken to hospital and treated for a damaged cornea and impaired vision.

"This was a cowardly and despicable assault which has left a woman requiring hospital treatment.

"The nature of the attack was particularly shameful and we want to find the person responsible.

"If you recognise the man pictured, please contact police immediately."

– PC Matthew Pearson, Blackpool Police

Blackpool beach rated one of the best in the country

Summer's nearly here so there's no better time to be heading to the seaside. Especially Blackpool as the town's South beach is now officially rated as one of the very best in the world.

Blackpool is the proud new owner of a Blue Flag after it was classed last year by the Environment Agency as having "excellent sea water quality". The flag will fly from the top of the tower for the next month.

What a shame the weather wasn't as impressive for our windswept reporter Sarah Rogers:

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Paul Crone visits the world famous Blackpool Tower Circus

Retro: Blackpool Circus poster Credit: ITV

It's World Circus Day on Saturday, and we're visiting the famous Blackpool Tower Circus which opened way back in 1894.

Times have certainly changed for those working in the business.

In Granada Reports we'll be meeting the Endresz family celebrating 25 years at the Tower.

Blackpool Tower today Credit: Paul Crone

And we'd like to hear your memories of when you first went to the circus as a child. Email us on granada.reports@itv.com or send a message to our Facebook page.

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