Couple attacked after night out

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Police are appealing for information after a couple in their 60s were assaulted in Chorley.

Between 9.30pm and 10pm on Sunday, the husband and wife were walking home along Park Road after a night out.

A man and woman crossed the road opposite the Astley Park gates, approached the couple and demanded to know why they had called them names.

The male offender tried to punch the man, but none of the punches connected.

His female companion and the 66-year-old man’s wife stepped in to try and prevent the him punching the man, with his wife asking them to go away.

The woman asked the couple to go, stating her grandfather had died that day.

The man grabbed the 64-year-old woman by the arms and pushed her to the ground, causing her to end up in the road.

The 66-year-old man tried to help his wife up, when he was also shoved into the road.

The man and his female companion then ran off, possibly through Astley Park.

DC Gem Lashley, from South Division CID, said: “This was an appalling, unprovoked attack on a man and woman who were just simply walking home after enjoying a night out.

“The man ended up with a three to four inch cut on his left palm as well as cuts and grazes to his elbows, and the woman was left with bruising to her upper arms.

“I am keen to trace three men who stopped to help the victims.

“Two are thought to be Asian men who were in a car, one of them was older man with a black beard and wearing white, traditional clothing.

“We also want to speak with a man who was on a bicycle who said he was on his way to work.

“If you witnessed the incident or have any information, please get in contact with us.”

The man was described as white, mid-20s to early 30s, around 5ft 10ins, of a stocky build, with short dark hair and clean shaven.

He was wearing a dark-coloured T-shirt with a bright yellow logo on the front and dark trousers. He seemed agitated as if he was under the influence of drink or drugs.

The woman was described as white, mid-20s to early 30s, of a medium build, between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 8ins, with dark, possibly brown or auburn-coloured shoulder-length hair parted on the right-hand side.

She was wearing a red/pinkish-coloured T-shirt and dark-coloured trousers.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting reference number 1542 of June 29, 2014.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or go to