Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 16 year old boy was subjected to an unprovoked assault as he walked his dog through a South Ribble Park last weekend.
The incident took place between 11:30am and midday on Sunday 30th September 2012 near to the Stag Heads Car Park at Cuerden Valley off Wigan Road.
The boy has been walking his dog near to the pond when he has been approached from behind and struck on his head, resulting in him falling to floor and being knocked unconscious.
He was found lying on the path by a member of the public and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where he was treated for a cut lip, bump to head and tender jaw.
PC Paula Farrow said: “The motive for the attack is unknown at this stage but this is a serious and completely unprovoked assault and we need the public’s help to find the person responsible.
“This area is popular with dog walkers, particularly on a Sunday so I would appeal to anybody that thinks they may have witnessed this assault or anyone that saw any suspicious activity in and around that area and that time to contact me at Lancashire Police on 101.”
People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org