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14 July 2018, 10:02 | Updated: 14 July 2018, 10:04
Two men, being questioned over a brutal attack on a man in Oldham, have been released on bail.
At around 3am this morning (Friday 13 July 2018) police were called to a report of an assault on Yorkshire Street.
Officers attended and found a man in his 30s lying on the floor with serious head injuries.
From CCTV enquiries and speaking to witnesses, it is believed an altercation involving several people took place near to the Old Bank pub. The victim was then punched and the attackers fled.
Two men – aged 19 and 20 – were arrested on suspicion of assault nearby and have been released pending further investigations.
It is believed a large number of people came out of some of the bars and pubs on the road to witness the assault and officers are urging people to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Wilkinson, from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This man is fighting for his life in hospital and the next few hours are going to be critical for him.
“His loved ones are by his bedside and we are doing everything we can to support them at this horrendous time.
“A crime scene has been established on Yorkshire Street and while forensics recover evidence, we want to speak to as many witnesses as possible to understand what happened.
“We know lots of people saw this attack who haven’t yet spoken to police. I’d implore you to come forward and help us find all those involved.
Anyone with any information should call detectives on 016 856 9908 quoting incident number 234 of 13 July 2018.
Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.