Man attacked in front of family in Skelmersdale suffers broken leg.

​Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked in front of his family in Skelmersdale on Wednesday evening.

A serious assault occurred between 7.45pm and 8pm on the wooded footpath that runs from Yewdale, over the River Tawd to Skelmersdale Library.  

The victim, a 48-year-old man, was walking his two dogs with his wife and son towards Yewdale on the river path when a male on a bike rode past and exchanged words with the victim. The cyclist then got off the bike and attacked the man, breaking his leg. The victim suffered fractures to his ankle, fibula and knee.

The attacker is described as a white male, aged 17, 5ft 10in. He was wearing an orange zip-up coat, shorts and rode a red and black bicycle. 

Det Con Kelly Rosenthal, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a brutal and sustained attack on a man in front of his family.

“The attacker showed a complete disregard for the victim, breaking his leg during the assault.

“We would urge anyone who recognises the offender to come forward.

“If you can help, please contact us on 101 quoting log number 1435 of August 8.”

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