Man, 69, fighting for life after attack

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson
Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson
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A pensioner is fighting for his life after an attack in Huddersfield.

The 69-year-old local man suffered serious head injuries following an assault near to the KFC outlet on New Street last night.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “As a result of this incident we have a 69-year-old man fighting for his life in hospital this morning and I am appealing to anyone who was in central Huddersfield last night and may have seen this assault or the circumstances leading to it to come forward and speak to officers.

“This was a violent incident that has left a pensioner with life-threatening injuries and information from witnesses could be absolutely vital to this investigation.”

Officers were called to the scene at 11.12pm yesterday and the injured man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

Two men, aged 23 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault with intent and remained in police custody this morning.

Det Supt Atkinson added: “A full forensic examination of the scene has been carried out and investigations are ongoing.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 and quoting crime ref: 13150191223.

Information can also be given through the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at