A man has undergone an emergency eye operation after he was glassed in the face on a night out in Accrington.
Mark Steer’s right eyeball was pierced during the incident and, tragically, doctors remain unsure whether he will ever have full use of it again.
Clitheroe resident Mr Steer, an apprentice engineer, was out in the Attic bar on Warner Street, Accrington, when he was attacked at 2am on Saturday morning.
He said he was grabbed by the throat after confronting two men who had twice pushed him while he was on the dancefloor.
Mr Steer said he was freeing himself from the attacker when the other man smashed a glass in his face.
He later underwent an emergency eye operation, had his eyebrow glued and received 12 stitches in his nose. Mr Steer, whose girlfriend lives in Oswaldtwistle, said: "Most of my mates live in Accrington so I spend a lot of my time around there, but I don’t go out there that much.
"I’ve never had a problem there before but to be honest I won’t be going to Accrington town centre on a night out for a long time.
"I would be on edge if I did go. It’s so pointless when all you are trying to do is have a good time."
Speaking of the horrific ordeal, the 22-year-old who lives with his dad Brian and step-mum Trish in Clitheroe, said: "There was a lot of blood when it happened. I remember panicking.
"I couldn't see out of my right eye.
"I remember seeing blood all over my pants and just shouting the bouncer."
He added: "They had to actually stitch my eye up.
"I can see nothing out of it at the minute and will have to have at least one more operation.
"Now it is just a waiting game to see how things start to heal.
"I have a bandage contact lens in my eye to protect anything getting in.
"I will get some vision back but they haven't said how much because of the severity of it.
"It depends how it heals and how lucky I am," he said.
Police are appealing for information from revellers following the incident and have described Mark’s horrific injuries as life changing.
DC John Banks said: "This was a vicious attack which has resulted in the victim having to undergo emergency surgery to his right eye.
"I would appeal to anybody who witnessed this assault or has any information regarding the incident to contact the police."
* Two men from Accrington, aged 22 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and have been bailed pending further police inquiries. Anybody with any information about this incident is asked to contact either DC John Banks at Accrington CID on 01254 382744 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.