A 23-year-old man has been left with serious head and facial injuries after refusing to pay for a magic trick in Morecambe.
It happened at around 10:30pm last night as the victim was walking home with a friend along West End Road.
Both were approached by three men, one of which was carrying a radiator.
They were asked for a cigarette lighter and for money.
The man with the radiator then asked whether the victim would like to see a magic trick with a £1 coin at the cost of £10, but when the victim refused, saying he had no money, he was punched in the face.
Suffering from a fractured eye socket, fractured nose and a bleed to the brain, the victim was kicked and stamped to the head whilst one of the suspects took his wallet
The victim ended up on the floor after trying to grab two of the offenders after being pulled backwards into some bushes.
He was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary where he remains receiving treatment.
DS Ian Lawrence from Lancaster Police said:
The man with the radiator is described as white, aged between 25 and 30, around 5ft 6ins, of slim build with dark hair and dark facial hair. He was wearing all grey clothing and a woollen hat.
A second offender is described as white, between 16 and 20, around 5ft 5ins and was wearing a black jacket, grey tracksuit bottoms whilst carrying a can of Carlsberg.
The third man is described as having dark hair.
Anyone with information can call us on 101 quoting incident number LC-20171218-1405. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online.