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Can you help police after attack on council worker who was 'simply doing his job'

Lancashire Police have have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a council worker was assaulted in Burnley.

It happened at around 10.30am on Saturday, November 12 when the 37-year-old victim, who works as a road sweeper, was working on St James’ Road near to Costa Coffee.

He was approached by three men who took his hat from him and made him chase them around the town centre.

The victim managed to get his hat back before one of the three men ran up to him and punched him a number of times in the face.

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“This was a nasty attack on the victim who was simply doing his job when he was targeted by these three men who stole his hat before being punched by one of them.

We are keen to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident and would urge anyone who recognises him or who has any information that could assist us to come forward.”

– PC Mohammed Bhai
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The victim suffered a fractured eye socket which resulted in him needing metal plates.

  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 629 of 16th November.

  • Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or online at

CCTV plea after woman punched in the face on bus

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Detectives want help from the public after a 19-year-old woman was punched in the face on a bus in Blackpool.

Police were called at 5pm on Sunday, October 23, following reports of an assault in Talbot Road.

Around 4.45pm, a man sat next to a woman on the Number 14 bus and tried talking to her.

As the bus approached the Wilko store, the man then punched the victim in the face before making off.

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The victim, a 19-year-old woman from Thornton, suffered minor facial injuries and went to hospital for treatment.

The offender is described as black and was wearing a black hoodie and black jogging pants.

“The attack seems to be random and unprovoked and the victim has received facial injuries as a result.

“We are particularly keen to speak to this connection with the incident.”

– PC Dave Watson
  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WA1616547.
  • Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at
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