A woman who arranged a vicious assault on a man who believed he was starting a relationship with her, leaving him with ‘terrible injuries’, has been jailed for nine years.

35-year-old Nasreen Akhtar, of Spring Street, Accrington, was believed to have been the ‘ringleader’ behind the assault on a 47-year-old man which took place in July 2016 at around 11:30pm.

Police said Akhtar and the victim had been communicating via text message, which the victim believed was the start of a relationship.

But one day before the assault Akhtar told the victim not to contact her again.

Police say it is thought she had become unhappy with the content of their communications.

However, the following day she invited the victim round to her house after she told him she had a change of heart.

But when the victim arrived at Akhtar’s home he was set upon by a group of five unknown men.

The attack went on for around ten minutes, leaving the victim with a fractured left cheek, which now requires a metal plate, a dislocated left elbow, a broken nose and several broken teeth.

He was in Royal Blackburn Hospital for a week afterwards.

An investigation was launched and Akhtar was arrested on July 24. The men who carried out the attack have never been traced.

Nasreen Akhtar was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.

DC Lee Richardson said: “This was a vicious and entirely unprovoked assault carried out against an innocent man, masterminded by someone he simply made the mistake of trusting.

“I am pleased the courts have taken this incident as seriously as we did and have seen fit to hand Akhtar a significant sentence.

“I hope she uses her time in prison to reflect on the consequences of her actions.

“I also hope the sentencing brings some comfort to the victim and enables him to move forward with his life.

“He not only suffered terrible injuries, but was later forced to go through the ordeal of a trial, and he has conducted himself with immense courage.

“We have never located the men who carried out the attack and would continue to urge anybody who knows who they are to contact us online, or via 101, quoting crime reference ED1611061.”