Burned tattooed man in Newport was attack victim

Image caption Images of tattoos on the man were released to help identify him

Detectives say they have now identified a man found with serious injuries following a fire on a hotel forecourt in Newport.

Gwent Police say they also believe the individual was assaulted prior to the fire on Wednesday at the Gateway Express Hotel in Newport.

Officers released photographs of tattoos on the man as part of their bid to identify him.

A 27-year-old man from Newport has been arrested and is being questioned.

In a statement, Gwent Police said: "Inquiries are still on going to establish the cause of the fire and whether it was deliberately set.

"However it has now been confirmed, following medical examination, that the man has suffered some other injuries and officers now believe he was the victim of an assault."

Critical condition

"The location and timing of any assault is yet to be confirmed and officers are continuing to carry out inquiries in the Chepstow Road area."

Police said the injured man, who is in his 30s, was lying in the forecourt area and may have been sleeping or unconscious. On Thursday, officers said he may have been sleeping rough.

He remains in a critical condition at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Police say attempts are now being made to trace his relatives.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information, or who was in the Chepstow Road area between 1900 and 2215 GMT on Wednesday, 9 March, to call them on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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