Bury St Edmunds attack: Arrest after assault on man in 70s

Bury St Edmunds Fire Station Image copyright Google
Image caption The attack happened in Tayfen Road, near to the fire station in Bury St Edmunds

A 23-year-old has been arrested after a man in his 70s suffered life-threatening injuries when he was punched while walking down the street.

The assault took place when the victim was walking home with his son along Tayfen Road, near Bury St Edmunds Fire Station, at 02:30 GMT on Saturday.

The victim was punched in the head and fell to the ground after an "altercation", said Suffolk Police.

The arrested man, who is from the town, was released on bail on Sunday.

He was arrested on Saturday evening on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

A police spokesman said: "As a result of the attack, the victim sustained serious, life-threatening head injuries and was taken by ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

"The man has had lengthy surgery to treat his injuries and remains in a critical but stable condition at this time.

"The victim's son also sustained minor injuries during the incident."

The 23-year-old is due to return to answer police bail on 22 December.

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