A TEENAGER suffered a broken jaw after he was assaulted by three men who shouted homophobic abuse at him.
The 16-year-old boy was attacked as he walked with his sister in Nelson, Lancashire.
Lancashire Constabulary say the offenders were described as Asian.
The assault took place in Netherfield Road in the town centre at about 9.30pm on Saturday, February 11.
The victim was punched and kicked in the face before a passer-by intervened.
Det Con Julie Leigh said: “This was a vicious and nasty assault and I am very keen to trace the people responsible.
“In particular, I would like to speak to the man who intervened and was able to stop the assault and would urge him if he sees or hears this appeal to contact us.
“I would also appeal to anyone else that may have been in the area at the time who may have witnessed anything or to anyone that recognises the descriptions of the offenders to contact us.”
The three men are described as Asian and aged between 16 and 19. One of them is said to be of medium build, between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in, and clean shaven with short, dark cropped, hair. He was wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with any information should contact police by calling 101 or alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.