Student Assaulted in Preston

POLICE are appealing for information after an 18 year old student was assaulted in Preston City Centre.

At around 3:45am on the 16th November, the victim was walking along Friargate in Preston with two female friends when they were approached by a group of between 8 – 10 men.

The men began to harass the two girls and so the victim stepped in to ask them to leave them alone. As he did, two, or three of the men punched him in the face several times before leaving the scene. The victim as a result lost two teeth and needed stiches to his gums.

The incident was reported to police and officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

PC Susan Rainford said: “It is only fortunate that the victim was not more severely injured and this has left him shaken and so we are keen to trace the people responsible.

“If anybody saw what happened on the night then I would urge them to contact police.”

The only descriptions available at this stage are that all of the men in the offending group are believed to have been black or mixed race and in their early 20’s.

One of the men was wearing a black t-shirt and was of stocky build.

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 quoting log number LC-20131116-0351 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.