A TEENAGER has spoken of his terror after a 15-strong mob of youths attacked him just yards from his home.
The 18-year-old, who does not want to be identified for fear of reprisals, claims the assault, which took place at 9.30pm near Foxfields Close, Oswaldtwistle, was the culmination of a 10-year bullying campaign waged against him because he suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The teenager had been at a disabled friend's house nearby and as he made his way home the mob of 12-16-year-olds struck.
They threw a brick at his head and, as he came down his driveway to ask them to move, one of them ripped a plank off a fence, which had nails sticking out, and tried to hit him with the weapon.
The victim tried to protect his head with his arm but the yobs aimed a volley of punches and hit him across the eye and nose.
He said: "They were drunk that night, you could smell the alcohol on them
"My first concern was stopping that plank hitting me because they were aiming for my head.
"The nails weren't massive but they would have been enough to puncture my head.
"They hit me with something that was on their hands because the doctors have said because of the nature of the bruising it wasn't just a natural fist.
"I hoped they'd get away before I recovered. I didn't want to retaliate because they were younger than me.
"I'm frightened about going out now. There's only so much one person can take.
"My biggest fear is that next time it happens my temper will get control of me and I'll do something that will get me into trouble.''
His elder sister said: "I really thought my mum was going to have a heart attack that night.
"She's not well as it is, she suffers with a heart condition.
"There was blood everywhere in the living room.
"Since this happened we've heard of quite a few incidents like this happening in Oswaldtwistle. A lot of these young lads are very intimidating.
"My brother has ADHD so when he was at primary and secondary school his behaviour was sometimes very immature for his age.
"He couldn't communicate with boys his own age. He has got a problem, a disability, and a lot of people don't understand that.
"We moved in 10 years ago and he's never been able to play out because he was targeted.
"What do they get out of it? At the moment the kids think it's fun. But it's upset a lot of people here.
"I'd like to know if half the parents know what their kids are up to at night.