A violent unprovoked attack in Fleetwood left a man with facial injuries so severe he needed surgery to repair the damage.
The 30-year-old victim was cycling along Blakiston Street when he was approached by three unknown men, who police say were also on bikes.
The man was left with fractures to his cheek bone and to his eye socket after being knocked to the ground with a single punch to the head.
Police are now hunting the three men, who fled after the attack, which happened at the junction with Preston Street between 10.30pm and 11pm on September 9. Police are only now releasing details of the attack after other inquiries drew a blank.
PC Mark Stringer, based at Fleetwood police station, said: “This was a random attack – it is disgusting.
“The victim was approached by three males on pedal cycles wearing dark clothing.
“They have caused him to stop and one punch to the head has caused the victim to fall to the ground.
“The suspects have then ridden off.
“The victim got a fractured cheek bone and a fracture above the eye and requires surgery to rectify the injuries.”
Police have conducted extensive inquiries into the assault and are now appealing for help from the public to catch the attackers.
PC Stringer said he hopes somebody may have seen the three men in the area around the time of the incident.
He added: “I would appeal for any member of the public who has seen or heard anything to please get in touch.”
Anybody with any information about the attack is asked to contact PC Mark Stringer by calling 101.