A MAN is in hospital following an incident in Bolton town centre.

Police were called to reports that a man had been assaulted outside the Elephant and Castle.

An investigation is ongoing.

The man was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital by ambulance at about 4.30am today.

It was initially reported that he had suffered serious injuries.

The man remains in hospital. However, police confirmed this morning that he is stable.

A police cordon was installed in Deansgate at about 6.30am.

Officers have appealed for anyone with information, or any witnesses to the incident, to contact them.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Shortly after 6.30am on Sunday, December 16, police were called to Deansgate in Bolton town centre to reports that a man had been assaulted outside a pub.

"The ambulance service attended and, while the man didn’t have any obvious injuries, he was taken to hospital for assessment.

"He has remained in hospital overnight and is now in a stable condition.

"Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances as to how he came by his injuries.

"There is a scene in place in Deansgate while enquiries into the circumstances that led to the ambulance being called continue."

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.