A man was left fighting for his life after being attacked in Morecambe town centre early this morning (Saturday, October 26).
Detectives said the 35-year-old was found unconscious on the ground near a cash machine on Pedder Street at around 12.50am.
The victim, thought to be from Morecambe, sustained serious head injuries after being punched in the face by an unknown man some time between 12.30am and 12.45am. Police said the assault caused the man to fall to the ground and bang his head.
He was rushed to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary before being transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital.
His condition was tonight described as critical but stable.
At the time of the incident there were two men and two women stood in front of the man, officers said, and police are appealing for them to come forward.
It is not known if they were together.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gilbert, of Lancashire Police, said: “We are trying to establish the circumstances of exactly what has happened and would appeal to anybody that witnessed this man being assaulted to contact police on 101.
“We urgently need to speak with the two men and two women stood next to the victim at the time of the assault and anyone who thinks they have seen this group of people.
“It is possible the person involved has spoken about the assault so I would be keen to hear from anyone that thinks they may be able to assist with our investigation.”
The victim is described as being around 6ft tall, slim, with thick, dark hair, short at the side and clean shaven.
He was wearing a black jumper, black trousers and Reebok trainers.
Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.