Hammer attack on Bootle man

A MAN was left lying in a pool of blood after a suspected hammer attack over the Easter weekend.

The victim, 24, was discovered lying unconscious on Linacre Road, Seaforth, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A foreign takeaway worker rushed out of his premises to see the man lying prone on the pavement.

The man, said to be local to the area, was rushed to Fazakerley Hospital with a suspected fractured skull.

He was seen by a neurologist who confirmed his injuries were not as serious as first believed.

Police have taken an initial account of the attack from him and his friends.

Early investigations by police suggest the man was set upon by two men on the busy main road.

He was badly beaten with some sort of weapon, some witnesses claiming a hammer had been used.

Today, spots of blood could be seen on the metal shutter drawn down over the front of cafe Tasty Bites.

Police visited the scene early on Sunday and forensic experts combed the area looking for clues.

The victim was said to have been drinking for most of the day with friends.

But he had been on his own when he was assaulted and left for dead
The motive behind the beating remains a mystery.

The takeaway worker told the ECHO: “I ran outside and saw the man on the floor. His face was all covered in blood, he looked in a pretty bad way.

“He was unconscious so I called an ambulance and they took him away.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “A man, 24, was assaulted on Linacre Road and taken to hospital where he was assessed.

“There may have been a weapon involved and we are carrying out enquiries.”

Anyone who witnessed the attack, or who has information for detectives, should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.