Dog walker badly injured in Bolton attack

Victim's dog Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption The victim was found unconscious with his dog by him

A man out walking his dog is critically ill in hospital after being attacked in Greater Manchester.

The 49-year-old victim was found unconscious with serious head injuries at the junction of Chorley New Road and Chorley Old Road, Bolton, in the early hours of Friday.

Greater Manchester Police said his dog was with him when he was discovered.

The force has released an image of the victim's dog in an appeal to find the man's attacker.

Det Supt Jon Chadwick said: "This man is extremely poorly and, from the extent of his injuries, we believe he was violently assaulted.

"He was out walking his dog when he was attacked and we are urging people to come forward if they were in the area at that time and witnessed the attack or remember seeing the dog in the photo."

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