DETECTIVES investigating a near fatal attack on a man outside a Wigan pub have released a suspect on bail.
The 40-year-old victim is still in a critical condition after being felled by a single punch and suffering a serious head injury in which officers describe as an unprovoked attack in Standishgate, Wigan, on Saturday night.
Despite claims on Facebook to the contrary, both police and relatives of the victim say that he and his attacker were strangers to each other.
It is alleged that one of a group of men dressed as golfers struck the unnamed man as he sat outside the Royal Oak pub shortly after 10pm.
A man was later arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The casualty was initially taken to Wigan Infirmary but, because of the seriousness of his condition, he was transferred to the specialist neurological unit of Salford Royal hospital.
He had suffered a skull fracture and a bleed on the brain.
Just hours later, in a completely unrelated incident in Manchester city centre, another man suffered a serious injury after being hit once.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, who spearheads GMP’s One Punch campaign, said: “We have tragically all seen the consequences of throwing just one punch - people have lost their lives and families have been robbed of their loved ones.
“People who have had a drink do things they would not dream of doing when they are sober and a stupid, split-second reaction can have devastating consequences, as these two incidents have shown.