Attack man fighting for life

Royal Oak pub on Standishgate
Royal Oak pub on Standishgate

A MAN is fighting for his life after being critically injured in a Wigan town centre assault.

The unnamed 40-year-old suffered a serious head injury in an incident outside the Royal Oak, Standishgate, on Saturday.

Rumours abounded the man had died, but a police spokesman confirmed today that the victim was in a criticial but stable condition. He had been taken to Wigan Infirmary, but because of the seriousness of his injury, he was transferred to a specialist neurological department of Salford Royal Hospital.

Paramedics had been called to the Royal Oak at about 10pm, and it was they who contacted the police.

Insp Dave Murtagh, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We received a call from an ambulance at 10.17pm on Saturday to say that a 40-year-old male had been assaulted. He had suffered a serious head injury. Inquiries are ongoing.”

Insp Murtagh said a man had been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

Anyone with information is asked to ring Wigan Police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.