A TEENAGE boy suffered a split nose and lost a tooth when he was kicked in the face in an unprovoked attack at Accrington bus station.
The 14-year-old from Accrington was waiting at the bus station in Peel Street with a group of friends at 4.30pm last Friday when a man walked past and spat on the back of one of his friends before going into the public toilets. As he came out the man walked over to the youngster and hit him before twice kicking him in the face, knocking him to the ground.
The boy, who is a pupil at Mount Carmel High School, was taken to hospital by ambulance, where he received four stitches in the side of his nose.
His horrified mum has told how she received a phone call from police telling her that her son had been attacked.
She said: "It was really distressing when I arrived at the hospital, his nose was swollen and so was his face and there was blood everywhere - it was on all of his clothes.
"He has never had a filling or anything in his life and now after this he has had to have his tooth rebuilt.
"At first I thought he had been attacked by a child of his own age but it turns out that he was attacked by an adult. He does not know the person and he did not say anything to him. This man just attacked him.
"This is a schoolchild who was in his uniform at the time and nobody came to his aid. This man is a coward and a bully.
"It was only 4.30pm and you would think that kids would be safe out in town in the afternoon."
The teenager said that the attack had knocked his confidence.
He said: "Every time I hear a noise I am checking behind me."
Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack to come forward.
PC Steve Hilton of Accrington's town centre team said: "We take any assault seriously but this one was particularly nasty.
"My concern is that this attack appears to have been totally unprovoked and it happened in broad daylight.
"There would have been a lot of people in the town centre at the time, people finishing work and catching the bus, and we are appealing for anyone with information to contact us."
The attacker has been described as white, about 5ft 11ins tall, of stocky build with short sandy hair.
He is aged between 18 and 20 and was wearing a cream Burberry cap and Burberry jacket and pants.
He is believed to have martial arts training as he kicked the youngster in the face from a standing position.
He walked off up Peel Street and turned left onto Whalley Road, heading in the direction of the Hope and Anchor pub.
Anyone with information can contact PC Hilton on 353 702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.