Man sleeping on bench assaulted in Burnley

Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses
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Police are appealing for information after a man was brutally assaulted on a bench in Burnley.

In the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, May 28th, the 29-year old victim was sleeping rough on a bench just off Centenary Way near the Leeds Liverpool Canal when he was approached by a group of men.

They have laughed at him and one of the group kicked him, knocking him unconscious. He was left with a broken nose, a cut above his eye and concussion.

PC Mohammed Shamas from Burnley Police said: “This was a brutal attack on a man who was simply trying to get some rest on a bench for the night.

“What was particularly callous was the way this group have laughed at the man before one of them assaulted him to the point of knocking him unconscious.

“If you saw anyone in the area at the time or you have any information that you think could assist us with our investigation, please get in touch.”

Anybody with information can email or ring 101, quoting crime reference EF1808408.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at