A GOOD Samaritan who tried to intervene during a fight ended up being pushed to the floor and kicked in the head.
Jayson Rigby, 36, who has been the manager of the Oaklea Tavern, Accrington, for six months, was leaving Industry nightclub, in Church Street, at 4am last Friday when the incident happened.
He said he was trying to calm the situation down when he became a victim instead.
Former town centre doorman Jayson told the Observer: "Three lads were picking on someone else, calling him names and shoving him around.
"I just went over and told them to stop but the next minute I'm on the floor covered in blood.
"Someone said that I was kicked in the head three or four times.
"I remember standing there talking to them but the next thing I know I am getting up off the floor."
Jayson thought he was just suffering from a nose bleed so he decided to go home to recover. Two days later he was feeling poorly so he went to the hospital to have a head X-ray.
He had severe bruising to his face and his front teeth have become loose.
Jayson said that during his time as a doorman he had seen many street brawls so he wasn't surprised at all.
He added: "If I hadn't had a drink myself that night I probably could have defended myself.
"If I am honest, this kind of thing doesn't surprise me in Accrington anymore. It's just one of those things, I suppose.
"But this won't stop me from intervening in the future. I won't turn a blind eye because of what has happened."
Sergeant Allen Davies, from Accrington Police Station, confirmed that an altercation had taken place and said that two men had been arrested and bailed and a third arrest was imminent.
He added: "It is commendable that someone is prepared to assist another person in distress and it is disgusting that he was assaulted himself as a result.
"I am pleased that arrests have been made in connection with this incident."
Town centre CCTV coverage will be looked at to assist the police with their inquiries.