Brawl victim fights for life

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A MAN is fighting for his life after being knocked unconscious during a street brawl.

The 28-year-old is on a life support machine after suffering a head injury during the incident in Lime Street, Tyldesley, late last Saturday night.

Police were called to the area shortly before midnight after receiving reports of fighting to find the victim collapsed on the pavement

He was taken to hospital to treat a small bleed to his brain, and he remains in a critical condition undergoing treatment.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Det Inspector Graham Atherton said: “From our initial inquiries, we believe a fight may have spilled out onto the street from a nearby bar, during which there were reports of a number of skirmishes.

“I do not want to speculate on what caused the fights - the most important fact is that we have a young man who is in hospital in a very serious condition as a result of being attacked, and we need to establish who was responsible.

“During the melee, the victim was first punched by one unknown offender, and then knocked unconscious during an attack by another man.

“We have made one arrest, but there are lots of people who were either involved in the fight itself or may have witnessed the skirmishes in the streets who could hold vital information. I would urge those people to come forward and help us with our inquiries.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.