DETECTIVES have issued an Evofit of a man they want to speak with after a postman was seriously assaulted in Pendle on February 8th.
The postman was delivering mail to a farm in Newchurch around 12-30 p.m. and, as he was travelling back down a track leading away from the house, he inadvertently drove through a puddle and splashed a man out walking.
The walker reacted angrily and the postman immediately got out of his vehicle to apologise. Without warning, the man picked up a rock and repeatedly hit him over the head while trying to gouge out his eyes.
The victim managed to grab the rock from him and, as he began shouting at his attacker, the man calmly walked away.
The postman was treated at the scene by paramedics but did not sustain serious injuries.
The offender is described as white, of slim build, aged 50 to 60, with balding hair at the front. He was wearing a blue fleece type jacket and carrying a black rucksack.
Detective Sergeant Nick Hodgeson said: “I would urge people to take a close look at the Evofit and if anybody thinks they recognise the image of the man I would ask them to contact police.
“I strongly suspect the man responsible is probably a walker that has either been in the area before or knows the area well and frequents there for other reasons, possibly to visit friends or family.
“It is a minor miracle the victim did not sustain more serious injuries as the level of violence used was so severe and we need the public to come forward and help us identify this man.
“It is unusual that when the victim has taken the rock from the offender and shouted at him he has gone very quiet, almost childlike, and calmly walked away. It may well be this offender has learning difficulties and perhaps isn’t aware of exactly what has happened.”
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Burnley CID on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.