Lancashire police are appealing for information after an assault in Preston. The victim, aged 27, and a group of his friends were walking along Friargate at about 1am on Sunday, November 1st when they were verbally abused by another group.

The offender then lunged at the victim with a sharp implement, possibly a knife, and slashed him across the face causing a nasty facial wound.

The offender left the scene with a woman, waking towards Church Street.

We have issued the attached CCTV images in a bid to trace the man pictured and the woman with him.

The attacker is described as white, aged in his 20s, very dark short hair, slim build. He was wearing a dark possibly blue tracksuit which appears to have a large ‘Nike’ motif on the left side of the chest area and a white stripe on the sleeves, and a t-shirt with multi-coloured pattern on it. He was wearing dark footwear.

DC Rachael Ashcroft, of Preston CID, said: “This was a nasty and unprovoked assault which has left the victim with a serious injury and very badly shaken and he was lucky not to have been even more seriously hurt.

“There were a number of people on Friargate when this incident occurred due to the Halloween celebrations and the football. We would like anyone who saw the incident to assist us with our enquiries.

“I would appeal for anyone who recognises the man or the woman in the CCTV to come forward and contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting crime number SA1512640.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online


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