A MYSTERY attack which left a man lying badly injured and alone in an alleyway at night is being investigated by Doncaster police.
Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following the alleged assault in Bentley last weekend.
The victim is believed to have suffered a fractured skull and has been kept in hospital for the past week.
The attack happened on Saturday, August 18, between 2.30am and 4am, when the 37-year-old local man was beaten up.
Officers do not know if he was struck by a single assailant or a group of people.
They are still trying to establish if his head injuries were caused by fists, kicking, by a weapon - or from impact with the pavement.
Temporary Det Insp Richard Partridge said: “The 37-year-old man is currently detained at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and is undergoing tests to establish the full extent of his injuries.
“He is believed to have suffered a fractured skull and facial injuries. I would urge anyone with information to come forward to assist with police inquiries.”
The victim, who has not been named, was found by a passer-by in an alleyway off Alexandra Road in Bentley New Village.
Police say that, at around the same time, a group of men was seen on the same road, adjacent to the alleyway.
They would like to speak to the men as they may be able to provide information, and may have witnessed the assault and could assist the police investigation.
Two of the men were white and in their mid 20s. They were both around 5ft 7ins tall, and both had short brown hair.
The first man was wearing white trainers, a blue Nike T-shirt and jeans.
The second was wearing a long sleeved white shirt, stonewashed jeans and black Rockport-style shoes.
Anyone with information, or who may have witnessed the incident, is urged to contact the police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 278 of August 18.