Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted in Swindon.
The incident took place at approximately 4.40am on Monday 1 April outside The Kings Arms hotel on Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon when a 27-year-old local man was discovered with serious head injuries lying on the street outside The Kings Arms.
He was taken to the Great Western Hospital before being transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where he remains in a critical condition. The victim was wearing a cream shirt, dark blue jeans and black leather shoes at the time of the incident.
Wiltshire Police Superintendent Gavin Williams said: “I would like to reassure the local community that this is a rare occurrence in Swindon and that we have a dedicated team of officers working on this investigation.
“There will be a heightened police presence in the Old Town area throughout the next 24 hours as we continue to investigate this incident.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their understanding and co-operation in this matter. Violent public place crimes have dropped significantly in Swindon during the past year and I want to reiterate that Wiltshire remains one of the safest counties in the country.
“I would urge anyone with information on this incident to contact Wiltshire Police immediately – any information, no matter how big or small, might prove vital to this investigation.”
Wiltshire Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the Wood Street or High Street area of Old Town, Swindon, in the early hours of this morning between 4am and 5am. Anyone with information on this assault is asked to contact Wiltshire Police immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
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