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Police investigation launched after Morecambe attack leaves man seriously injured

John Freeman

Detectives have launched an investigation after a man was found with serious head injuries in Morecambe.

Police were called around 2.00am on Monday (22nd May 2017) following reports of an assault in the Billy Hill area close to Central Drive and found a  53-year-old man at the scene, seriously injured.

Detectives believe he had been attacked by a number of males, using rocks and bricks, before the offenders made off from the scene.

The man suffered a fractured eye socket, fractured cheekbone, broken shoulder and serious hand injury. He was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment and is currently in a serious but stable condition.

Officers believe the injured man was also the victim of an assault around 3.00am on 17th May in Central Drive, when it was reported the 53-year-old had been attacked by a group of five to six males. He suffered a hand injury and was knocked unconscious.

He was later treated at Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

An 18-year-old man from Morecambe was later arrested on suspicion of on assault and attempted murder. He was released under investigation pending further enquiries

Detectives are investigating both incidents and appealing for information.

Det Sgt Sam Johnson, of Lancaster CID, said: “We are investigating after a man suffered serious injuries following two alleged assaults in the Central Drive area of Morecambe.

“While we have made one arrest linked to both incidents, we are continuing to appeal for information.

“If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area, please contact us immediately.”

• Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WB1704486 for first assault, or WB1704615 for the May 22 report. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at