UPDATED: Man fighting for life after he is found in street with serious head injury

UPDATED: Man fighting for life after he is found in street with serious head injury

Police at the junction of Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road, where a man was found with what police say is a "serious head injury".

Police at the junction of Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road, where a man was found with what police say is a "serious head injury".

Police at the junction of Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road, where a man was found with what police say is a "serious head injury".

Police at the junction of Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road, where a man was found with what police say is a "serious head injury".

Police at the junction of Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road, where a man was found with what police say is a "serious head injury".

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A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after being found collapsed in the street with a serious head injury.

The 49-year-old was found at the junction of Chorley New Road and Chorley Old Road in the early hours of this morning, police said.

Police were called by the ambulance service shortly after 2am.

He was taken to Salford Royal Hospital, where his condition is said to have deteriorated.

The road has been closed and detectives are now investigating how the man was injured.

It is not clear at the moment whether he was attacked or whether he fell in an accident, but witnesses said they heard people fighting during the night.

The incident happened near a men’s homeless hostel.

Andrew Goodram, aged 34, of Chorley Old Road, said: “My neighbour heard about nine lads fighting in the street in the early hours of the morning.

"Everybody is shocked about what has happened. I have only lived on the road about three weeks.

"I didn’t hear anything at all — I don’t go out at night.”

Walter Coldoley, aged 81, of Chorley Old Road, who has lived in the street for 47 years, said: “I was shocked to see what happened but then I wasn’t shocked as everything happens in this little part of the road.


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"I didn’t hear a thing and I didn’t sleep very well. We get a bit of noise occasionally from the hostel when the men are outside. I thought it was a motor crash when I first saw the police.”

Wayne Waring, aged 27, who works on the road but lives in Breightmet, said: “I am a bit surprised about what has happened as it seems to be pretty bad.

"I have worked here for nearly a year and I have never seen anything like this before.”

Sue Collins, aged 47, visits relatives on the road.

She said she was upset to hear of the incident: “I have been coming to Chorley Old Road every few days for my whole life.

"I know shops on the road have problems with shoplifting and at times and there’s been a few break-ins but this really surprised me.

"The man does not sound in a good way. I hope he makes a recovery.

"The first I knew of it was when my car was diverted while I was on the way to see my elderly mother. I presumed it was a crash as people drive fast along the road.”

A North West Ambulance Service were called at 1.56am and arrived on scene at 2.07am.

A spokesman said: "Initially the patient’s injuries were not thought to be serious but then they were said to be severe."

Divers are facing delays while Chorley Old Road is closed in both directions from Gaskell Street to Vernon Street.

Traffic is being diverted via Gaskell Street, Merehall Drive and Vernon Street.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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11:13am Fri 25 Jul 14

Allmylife says...

Very sad but again I have to comment that the location of the incident is not as reported. Dale Haslam needs a street atlas of Bolton. This incident is at the junction of Chorley Old Road and Gaskell Street/Myrtle Street.
Very sad but again I have to comment that the location of the incident is not as reported. Dale Haslam needs a street atlas of Bolton. This incident is at the junction of Chorley Old Road and Gaskell Street/Myrtle Street. Allmylife
  • Score: -9

11:16am Fri 25 Jul 14

Lancashire always says...

About time we have big brother camera`s fitted on this and Halliwell road its getting rediculous how many people are found with injuries. I hope the guy makes a full and speedy recovery.
About time we have big brother camera`s fitted on this and Halliwell road its getting rediculous how many people are found with injuries. I hope the guy makes a full and speedy recovery. Lancashire always
  • Score: 38

12:13pm Fri 25 Jul 14

pondis says...

flick bean
flick bean pondis
  • Score: -50

1:33pm Fri 25 Jul 14

The Amazing Shrinking Brain says...

It's a lovely area, populated by some of the worst human beings imaginable.
It's a lovely area, populated by some of the worst human beings imaginable. The Amazing Shrinking Brain
  • Score: 22

3:33pm Fri 25 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Divers are facing delays? Come on Bolton News can you not get the basics right?????????
Divers are facing delays? Come on Bolton News can you not get the basics right????????? FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: -1

4:36pm Fri 25 Jul 14

MarkAllRead says...

The Amazing Shrinking Brain wrote:
It's a lovely area, populated by some of the worst human beings imaginable.
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
[quote][p][bold]The Amazing Shrinking Brain[/bold] wrote: It's a lovely area, populated by some of the worst human beings imaginable.[/p][/quote]You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 18

4:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
The Amazing Shrinking Brain wrote:
It's a lovely area, populated by some of the worst human beings imaginable.
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Oh you will. I've seen far worse in what a lot of people would think were really nice places. Oxford, for one, has some horrendous areas that will make the most rough parts of Bolton look like the South of France.

Here's hoping this chap makes a full recovery.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Amazing Shrinking Brain[/bold] wrote: It's a lovely area, populated by some of the worst human beings imaginable.[/p][/quote]You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.[/p][/quote]Oh you will. I've seen far worse in what a lot of people would think were really nice places. Oxford, for one, has some horrendous areas that will make the most rough parts of Bolton look like the South of France. Here's hoping this chap makes a full recovery. wsw69
  • Score: 14

5:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

Bullys thugs and all those other scum need teaching a lesson.they wont 4get..
Bullys thugs and all those other scum need teaching a lesson.they wont 4get.. artistpaint
  • Score: 13

10:44am Sat 26 Jul 14

Smeagol says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
The Amazing Shrinking Brain wrote:
It's a lovely area, populated by some of the worst human beings imaginable.
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Bounty hunters too, I've heard.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Amazing Shrinking Brain[/bold] wrote: It's a lovely area, populated by some of the worst human beings imaginable.[/p][/quote]You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.[/p][/quote]Bounty hunters too, I've heard. Smeagol
  • Score: 2

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