Humberside

Pocklington attack victim 'thought he would die'

Michael Brown in hospital
Image caption Mr Brown had to undergo extensive surgery after the attack

A hotel manager left blinded in one eye after being attacked in a car park has told how he thought he was going to die.

Michael Brown, 53, was hit with an unknown weapon in the car park of the Yorkway Motel in Pocklington on 8 July.

He was taken to hospital suffering a severe skull fracture and eye damage and had to undergo extensive surgery.

Police have released images of Mr Brown in hospital in the hope it will prompt his attacker to come forward.

Mr Brown told BBC Look North: "I genuinely believed this is it, my time's up."

Police said the attacker was aged between 19 and 25 and left the area in a red Vauxhall Corsa.

Mr Brown was attacked after a man came into the motel and claimed his vehicle had hit Mr Brown's car.

When he went outside to look, he was assaulted.

Car appeal

Mr Brown's partner Julia Greenwood said: "I honestly thought Michael was going to leave us. It was absolutely horrific, something you only think you'll see on TV."

Det Sgt Dean Minter, of Humberside Police, said he believed the attack was premeditated, but officers did not know why he had been targeted.

"It appears to be a set-up in that Michael has been approached, lured out into the car park and has been assaulted.

"It is believed the offender/s made off in a red Vauxhall Corsa car and it is possible this vehicle had a darker-coloured bonnet."

He added: "I would like to identify the suspect, so the victim can come to terms with his injuries and gradually recover from his ordeal."

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