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Appeal for information after man was attacked in front of his family in Skelmersdale

Skelmersdale Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked in front of his family in Skelmersdale.

Between 7.45pm and 8pm on Wednesday (August 8) a serious assault occurred on the wooded footpath that runs from Yewdale, over the River Tawd to Skelmersdale Library.

The victim, a 48-year-old man, was walking with his wife, son and two dogs towards Yewdale on the river path.

A male on a bike rode past and exchanged words with the victim. The cyclist then got off the bike and attacked the man, breaking his leg. The victim suffered fractures to his ankle, fibula and knee.

The attacker then made off from the scene towards the library.

The offender is described as a white male, aged 17, 5ft 10in. He was wearing an orange zip-up coat, shorts and rode a red and black bicycle.

Det Con Kelly Rosenthal, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a brutal and sustained attack on a man in front of his family.

“The attacker showed a complete disregard for the victim, breaking his leg during the assault.

“We would urge anyone who recognises the offender to come forward.

“If you can help, please contact us on 101 quoting log number 1435 of August 8.”

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