Man arrested over attack that left dog walker in coma in Chorley Old Road

Victim: Brendan McKelvey

Victim: Brendan McKelvey

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A MAN has been arrested in connection with an attack in Chorley Old Road that left a dog walker fighting for his life.

The 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, and is still in police custody for questioning.

The attack happened on Friday, July 25, at about 2am.

Motorists found Brendan McKelvey, aged 49, from Hunger Hill, lying half on the pavement and half in the road at the junction of Chorley Old Road and St George’s Street.

He had serious head injuries, and was in a coma after the attack.

Mr McKelvey, described as "a loveable giant" by his family is still in Salford Royal Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

His Patterdale terrier dog Pip stayed by his side after he was attacked.

Police are continuing to appeal to any witnesses to the attack or for anyone with information.

Det Insp Andy Cunliffe said: “Brendan was attacked as he walked his dog, and, although we have made an arrest, we would urge anybody with information about the incident to please call us in complete confidence.”

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 8565823 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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4:12pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jus' visitin says...

If the person arrested is found guilty I hope they lock him up for a long time and don't just give them a slap on the wrist.
If the person arrested is found guilty I hope they lock him up for a long time and don't just give them a slap on the wrist. jus' visitin
  • Score: 34

4:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

AN0ther says...

We need to start harsh punishment to stop this thing happening!
We need to start harsh punishment to stop this thing happening! AN0ther
  • Score: 28

7:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Or just throw the scumbag in a cage with a hungry tiger.
Or just throw the scumbag in a cage with a hungry tiger. artistpaint
  • Score: 15

7:52pm Wed 6 Aug 14

cath99 says...

pleased they have someone , lets hope if he is convicted justice is served you cannot attack innocent people like animals ... consequence for actions prison to good for people like him ...
pleased they have someone , lets hope if he is convicted justice is served you cannot attack innocent people like animals ... consequence for actions prison to good for people like him ... cath99
  • Score: 8

7:58pm Wed 6 Aug 14

catsden says...

Hang the SUM BAG, or bash his head to pulp, prison is far to good for him, let him ROT
Hang the SUM BAG, or bash his head to pulp, prison is far to good for him, let him ROT catsden
  • Score: 11

7:59pm Wed 6 Aug 14

catsden says...

Should have said hang the SCUM BAG
Should have said hang the SCUM BAG catsden
  • Score: 10

8:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Better still lets all have a kick.thugs need teaching a lesson.scum cowards
Better still lets all have a kick.thugs need teaching a lesson.scum cowards artistpaint
  • Score: 8

11:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

BBBBBBXX says...

Lets hope they release his name if he is charged.
Lets hope they release his name if he is charged. BBBBBBXX
  • Score: 2

4:11pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Best an says...

Good on our police force it's very rare they don't catch them.
He shouldn't be let out now life needs to start meaning life.
Build more prisons .
Good on our police force it's very rare they don't catch them. He shouldn't be let out now life needs to start meaning life. Build more prisons . Best an
  • Score: 2

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