A COUPLE in their sixties were subjected to ‘appalling’ unprovoked violence as they walked home from an evening out.

Between 9.30pm and 10pm on Sunday, June 29 the husband and wife were walking home after a night out along Park Road, Chorley.

The couple crossed the road opposite the Astley Park gates, when a young male supect demanded to know why they had called him names.

The man then attempted to punch the pensioner, however none of the blows connected.

The offender’s female companion and the 66-year-old man’s wife stepped in to try and prevent the offender punching the man, with his wife asking them to go away.

The offender then grabbed the 64-year-old woman by the arms and pushed her to the ground, where she ended up in the road.

The 66-year-old man was also shoved into the road by the offender.

The male and his female companion then ran off, possibly through Astley Park.

DC Gem Lashley from South Division CID said: “This was an appalling, unprovoked attack on a man and woman who were just simply walking home after enjoying a night out.

“The man ended up with a three to four inch cut on his left palm as well as cuts and grazes to his elbows, and the woman was left with bruising to her upper arms.

“I am keen to trace three men who stopped to help the victims.

“Two are thought to be Asian men who were in a car, one of them was older man with a black beard and wearing white, traditional clothing.

“We also want to speak with a man who was on a bicycle who said he was on his way to work.”

The male offender is described as white, mid-20s to early 30s, around 5ft 10ins, of a stocky build, with short dark hair and clean shaven.

He was wearing a dark coloured t-shirt with a bright yellow logo on the front of it and dark trousers on. He seemed agitated as if he was under the influence of drink or drugs.

His female companion is described as a white female, mid-20s to early 30s, of a medium build, between 5ft 4in and 5ft 8in, with dark, possibly either brown or auburn coloured shoulder length hair which was parted on the right hand side.

She was wearing a red/ pinkish coloured t-shirt and dark coloured trousers.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference number 1542 of June 29.