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."
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What a shame the weather wasn't as impressive for our windswept reporter Sarah Rogers:
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World Circus Day is approaching and it will probably bring back childhood memories for many of us.
There's something completely magical and breathtaking about the high wire and acrobats.
And one of the oldest of all is The Tower Circus in Blackpool which has been around for over a century
Paul Crone reports.
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.