Detectives are appealing for information after a 19-year-old man was seriously assaulted in Burnley.
Around 1am on Boxing Day, police received reports of a fight involving a number of men in Herbert Street.
A 19-year-old man from Burnley was taken to hospital with head injuries; he is currently in a critical condition.
A short time later there was a further altercation in the vicinity of Herbert Street involving a number of men, resulting in some of them receiving injuries.
Police are appealing for anybody with information about either incident to come forward.
Det. Supt Steve Pemberton said: “We are investigating two assaults which we believe to be connected, however the exact circumstances surrounding both incidents remain unclear.
“If anybody has any information about either incident or the people involved I would urge them to contact police.”
Thomas Dooley (21), of Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, has been charged with section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent and was due to appear at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court today (Friday).
Anybody with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.