A teenager was attacked by a group of around 20 girls and punched in the face, causing her to temporarily lose vision in one eye.
The 16-year-old was waiting for a bus on St Andrew’s Way on July 2 when she was set upon by the large group.
The ringleader hit the terrified victim in the face several times in a ‘nasty and unprovoked’ attack which lasted around five minutes.
She also shouted verbal abuse, punched her in the jaw, spat on her face and hit her in the eye, which caused her to suffer from a so-called blow-out fracture in the left socket.
PC Lucy Armfield of Leyland Police said: “This appears to be a nasty and unprovoked attack and we are appealing for witnesses to come forward to assist us.”
The victim was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment suffering from double vision and her eye was severely bloodshot.
Police are particularly keen to speak to three men who approached her after the incident to ask if she was ok. The attacker is described as being white with long blonde hair and a bar through her tongue.
The incident happened at around 9.15pm. Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 0845 1253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.