Images released of people wanted in relation to ‘obscene’ attack

New CCTV images have been released of two people police want to speak to after a man was subject to an “appalling attack”.

Police said the 37-year-old victim was lucky to be alive after the “frankly obscene” level of violence inflicted on him near Ferndale, Birch Green in Skelmersdale.

Emergency services were called to the area at around 7.30am on Easter Sunday (April 4).

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Investigating officers believe the man was earlier attacked in Firbeck after thugs had asked the victim for money while on his way to work.

He managed to stagger down the street to Ferndale, Birch Green, a third of a mile away.

The victim suffered multiple fractures and heavy swelling to his face and was rushed to Aintree Hospital in a serious condition. He’s now said to be recovering at home.

Following the attack, detectives released a photograph of the man and his horrific injuries in an attempt to persuade members of the public to come forward and help their enquiry.

A 17-year-old and 19-year-old from Skelmersdale were arrested in connection with the assault remain on bail pending further enquiries

However, as part of the continuing investigation, detectives want to speak to two people who could help with their enquiries.

Police have released new CCTV images of two people they want to speak to in connection to an attack on a 37-year-old man near Ferndale, Birch Green in Skelmersdale. New images show a person on the bike is pictured around 5am close to the Co-Op bank and Whelmar Road, and a second image showing a person wearing a bobble hat, again near to the Co-Op bank and Whelmar Road, around 6am.
Police would like to speak to the two people captured on CCTV
(Image: Skelmersdale Police)

The person on the bike is pictured around 5am in close to the Co-Op bank and Whelmar Road, with the second image showing a person wearing a bobble hat, again near to the Co-Op bank and Whelmar Road, around 6am.

Det Sgt Diane Higham, of Skelmersdale CID, said: “This was an utterly appalling attack which left a man with shocking injuries.

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“Despite a number of appeals for information, we are no nearer to identifying these two individuals.

“We want to speak to these two people and I would make a direct appeal to them today – if this was you, please come forward with information.

“We need to speak to you as soon as possible and believe you were in the area some time between 4am and 6am.

“I would encourage anyone with information about the attack to come forward and speak to us.”

A 17-year-old and 19-year-old from Skelmersdale arrested in connection with the assault remain on bail pending further enquiries

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting log 0290 of April 4.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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