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Student subjected to 'vicious' attack in Accrington
A 17-YEAR-OLD girl was “viciously” attacked with a knife as she walked to college in Accrington.
Police said the teenager was walking along Lancaster Avenue, on her way to Accrington and Rossendale College, when she was approached by two Asian men.
The men are said to have walked behind her into Milnshaw Park, at which point, she was assaulted by them.
The girl was punched several times and suffered a small cut to her face, believed to have been caused by a small craft knife.
Detective Inspector Jill Johnston said: “This seems to be a completely unprovoked attack and we are very keen indeed to trace the people responsible, and we would ask anyone with any information to come forward as soon as possible.
“Fortunately, the girl’s injuries were only minor, but she was clearly left very shaken by what happened.
“In particular, we believe there was a man, thought to be in his 60s, who was walking a ‘Westie-type’ dog.
“The man may have witnessed what happened, but has not yet spoken to police.
“I would ask him, if he sees this appeal, to get in touch with us.
“He could have vital information.”
The attack happened at around 9.05am on Friday, September 28.
The first of the two men has been described as Asian, in his late teens to early 20s, about six feet tall, and of slim build. He was wearing a black tracksuit.
The second man has been described as Asian, and of the same age.
He was around five feet six inches tall, of stocky build, with a distinctive tattoo on the right side of his neck.
He was also wearing a black tracksuit.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting reference number EL1204043. Alternatively, information can be passed, in confidence, to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
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