Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner came off his bike in New Brighton yesterday (Wednesday, December 29).

Emergency services were called at around 1.05pm after the 71-year-old local man was found unconscious on Rowson Street opposite the funeral directors.

The pensioner sustained head injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Officers are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and are also appealing for his relatives, or anyone who knows of their whereabouts to contact police.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 5771, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111