Man in critical condition in hospital after being ‘knocked out by a punch’ in town centre

A man has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being ‘knocked unconscious’ on a busy town centre street.

Emergency services descended on St Petersgate, in Stockport, in the early hours of this morning (December 19).

Officers were called out to reports of a man being unconscious on the street at around 12.15am.

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Following initial enquiries, police say that the victim – a 38-year-old man – was punched and hit his head.

Paramedics attended the scene before taking the man to hospital with a head injury.

He remains in a critical condition at hospital this afternoon, Greater Manchester Police says.

Officers have arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of assault following the incident.

He is currently in police custody for questioning, GMP says.

A spokesperson for GMP said: “At around 12.15am this morning (Sunday, December 19), police were called to reports that a man was unconscious on St Petersgate in Stockport.

“Enquiries have established that the man was punched and hit his head.

“Emergency services attended and a 38-year-old man was taken to hospital with a head injury where he remains in a critical condition.

“A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault. He remains in custody for questioning.”

St Petersgate was reportedly closed off in the early hours of the morning while emergency services were at the scene.

A tweet from @manctraffic shortly after 1am said: “St Petersgate, Stockport Town Centre reported CLOSED around St Peter’s Square. Police and ambulance attending.”

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