Park luxury car robbery victim was ‘looking for relative’

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A PENSIONER left fighting for his life after being attacked in a Sheffield park for the keys to his luxury car had gone to the area to look for a relative.

The 79-year-old man suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain after the assault in High Hazels Park, Darnall.

He is currently in a critical but stable condition in hospital following the assault on Monday evening.

The pensioner was found unconscious close to Olivers Mount at about 9.10pm.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “It is thought the man was in the park due to concerns for an elderly relative who could have been in the area at the time.”

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder, and is being questioned about the attack.

The victim remains in hospital.

He 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 have been attacked for his car keys, although the car was not taken.

New Bentley Continentals are worth between £120,000 and £180,000, although the age of the victim’s car has not been revealed.

They are among the most exclusive cars on the market, often owned by wealthy business tycoons or footballers.

■ Police are appealing for anybody who may have been in the park at the time or anyone with information to call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 1139 of October 9.