A teenager has spoken of his ‘terror’ after an unprovoked attack in the town centre.
Gary Goodill, 15, was walking along a path near Tesco in Accrington when he approached a man he mistakenly thought he knew.
The Norden High School pupil asked if he was called ‘Bobby’ and the many replied ‘Do I look like a Bobby?’ before punching him in the head.
Gary told the Observer that he managed to run off and was treated by staff at Tesco who called for an ambulance.
He was taken to hospital with a cut above his eye and a possible fractured cheek bone.
Gary, from Accrington, said: “I was just with three of my mates and saw these two men and I thought I knew one of them.
“I said are you called Bobby and then he punched me. His mate started to drag him off me but I got up quickly and ran off.
“I saw all this blood coming down from my eyebrow and went to Tesco to get first aid.
“I was in shock and I didn’t know what to do at first as it’s never happened to me before.
“It’s made me a lot more paranoid now and I’m always looking around to see where people are. I definitely don’t want to go back anywhere near that path.”
Gary was taken to Blackburn Hospital for X-rays, glued a one-inch cut on his left eyelid and gave him stitches.
His mum Collette Goodill, 47, said there was no reason for the attack.
She said: “All he did was mistake him for a friend on Facebook and he punched him to the floor.
“If anybody asked me if I was called Julie I would just say no. I wouldn’t punch them.
“I just want to find out who did this to him as it could have been a lot more serious.”
The offender is described as male in his late 20s, short build and had black hair with tram lines and brown eyes.
The incident happened on Friday, February 28 at around 8.20pm.
Police have launched an appeal to find the attacker and asked for any witnesses with information to call them on 101.