POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 48-year-old man was seriously injured in Burnley.
The man was found unconscious by paramedics after they were called to the car park adjacent Keirby Walk and the Keirby Hotel around 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve.
He is currently in an intensive unit care at a hospital in Liverpool where his condition is described as stable having sustained a head injury.
Police believe the man may have been assaulted following a disagreement over a taxi fare.
Detectives are eager to trace the driver of a taxi taken by the victim and a female friend from Whalley Road, Accrington, to the car park where the man was found, sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. The driver is not a suspect but may hold important information on the events that followed.
The offender is described as an Asian man, approximately 25 years old who was wearing a black T-shirt and jeans. He was part of a larger group of Asian men in the vicinity when the victim was assaulted.
Det. Insp. James Elston said: “An investigation is under way as we look to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this incident and how this man came about his injuries.
“We are very keen to speak with the taxi driver who drove the man and his female friend from Accrington to Burnley. I would like to stress that the driver is absolutely not a suspect, but we believe they could hold vital information to this investigation.
“It may well be the offender isn’t aware how seriously injured the victim is and I would urge him or those with him to contact police. I would also like to speak with anyone who has any information at all about this incident.”
Anybody with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.