A hit-and-run which left a white teenager with a broken leg is being treated as a serious racist assault, police have confirmed today.
The 17-year-old was hit by a vehicle carrying Asian youths as he walked from Burnley town centre towards the predominantly Asian areas of Stoneyholme and Daneshouse, where sporadic violence flared over the weekend.
His 38-year-old friend managed to avoid the car and was not seriously injured.
The assault took place as the two were walking along Colne Road last night.
The blue saloon car drove up alongside them and an exchange of "racist" words with four Asian youths in the vehicle occurred.
The car then raced away along Colne Road before turning round and hurtling back towards them.
The car mounted the pavement and the teenager was struck and suffered a broken lower left leg.
Police said the incident is being treated as a racist attack and are considering bringing charges of attempted murder against the perpetrators.
Superintendent John Knowles said the assault was the only serious incident after five nights of violence in the town.
The hit-and-run is being examined by 30 detectives, who are also looking into the serious incidents of the weekend.
In June 2001, Burnley saw a series of violent disturbances arising from racial tension between elements of its white and Asian communities.