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Man in 'critical condition' in St Helens after assault

Assault scene
Image caption Merseyside Police said they wanted to speak to a group of people who stood next to the man while he was on the ground

A man is in a critical condition after an assault in St Helens.

Police were called to Church Road, Haydock, at about midnight to reports of a man lying unconscious in the street.

The 40-year-old man, from the local area, was taken by ambulance to the Walton Neurological Centre with a serious head injury.

Officers said they wanted to speak to a group of people who were standing next to the man while he was on the ground.

Det Ch Insp Lee Turner said: "A man is in a very poorly condition in hospital, so I am calling on the people who were there to do the right thing and come forward".

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