Man in critical condition after street assault

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A MAN is fighting for life in hospital in Sheffield after he was assaulted in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The 26-year-old was rushed into surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital just hours after being beaten up on a quiet street in Masbrough, Rotherham.

Surgeons carried out an emergency operation to save the man’s life and he is now in a ‘critical but stable’ condition on the hospital’s new critical care unit.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Detectives say the investigation is in its ‘very early stages’ and are urgently appealing for witnesses.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A man is critical in hospital after an alleged assault in a Rotherham street. At 5am on Sunday, the 26-year-old local man was attacked in the street at Orchard Place.

“As a result the man sustained serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where, after undergoing surgery, he remains in a critical but stable condition.

“Two men - a 23-year-old and a 24-year-old - have been arrested by South Yorkshire Police on suspicion of assault.”

He added: “The investigation is in its very early stages and detectives would like to appeal for any person who witnessed the incident, or has any information relating to it, to contact South Yorkshire Police.”

Witnesses should call 101 quoting incident number 249 of Sunday, August 26.