A MAN left fighting for his life after being attacked in a Sheffield park could have been targeted for the keys to his luxury car, police believe.
The victim of the assault in High Hazels Park, Darnall, which happened on Monday evening, was a 79-year-old man, who had driven to the park and left his car, a Bentley Continental, at the entrance.
New, the cars are worth up to £180,000, although the age of the victim’s car has not been revealed.
The pensioner, who lives in Sheffield, is currently in hospital with life-threatening injuries, including a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.
The victim was last night said to be in a ‘critical but stable condition’.
Police said a 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in High Hazels Park, Darnall.
“On Monday, October 8, at about 9.10pm, a 78-year-old man was found unconscious in High Hazels Park, close to Olivers Mount.
“The man is believed to have driven to the park and left his car, a Bentley Continental, at the entrance between 7.50pm and 8.10pm.
“Police believe he could possibly have been attacked for his car keys.”
Police have not revealed whether a weapon was used in the attack, but forensic searches of the park have taken place.
Officers say the car was not taken after the assault.
The suspect was due to remain in custody for continued questioning today.
Bentley Continental cars are among the most exclusive on the market and typically are owned by wealthy business tycoons or footballers.
■ Anyone with information aobout the attack is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or, alternatively,Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting incident 1139 of October 8.