Man, 45, slashed in the face

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Police in Chorley are urging witnesses to come forward after a local man was slashed across the face in an unprovoked attack after he left home to buy milk from a nearby shop.

The incident happened just before 9.30pm on Thursday, August 25, at The Martindales, in Clayton-le-Woods.

The 45-year-old victim had gone to the local Asda and was walking the short distance home through a walkway, when he was approached by three men, one of whom shouted abuse at him, insisting he wanted him out of the neighbourhood.

The victim was then slashed across the face with an unknown weapon, suffering a two-inch cut to his left cheek. He also suffered a further three-inch cut to his left arm as he defended himself.

The victim was treated at Chorley hospital and later allowed home, and is recovering from his injuries.

DC Phillip Rukin, from Chorley Police said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on an innocent man simply walking home from the shop, and we need the public’s help to identify those people responsible.

“The victim has only recently moved to the Clayton-le-Woods area and has been shaken by this incident.”

The main offender is described as a white, aged between 25 and 30-years-old, around 5ft 8in tall and stocky. He was wearing a dark hooded top and dark trousers. He spoke with a local accent.

The other two offenders were also wearing hooded tops; one had a blue top and was also wearing white trainers.