Chorley attack dad fights for life

30-year-old Martin Catterall from Lostock Hall

30-year-old Martin Catterall from Lostock Hall

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A new dad is fighting for his life after being assaulted in Chorley town centre.

Thirty-year-old Martin Catterall, from Lostock Hall, had been out with friends to celebrate the birth of his daughter when he was attacked.

Police said the incident happened at just after midnight on Sunday, November 30, at the junction of Union Street and Park Road. It is believed that there was an altercation involving a number of men.

Mr Catterall was found lying in the street with head injuries and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where he underwent an operation.

He is now critically ill with life-threatening injuries and is on life support. Specially trained officers are working with the family.

Four men have been arrested in connection with the incident. Two 19-year-old men, a 20-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, all from Leyland, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and remain in custody.

Det Supt Eddie Thistlethwaite, from the Force Major Incident Team, said: “The victim of this assault was knocked unconscious and has been operated on at the Royal Preston Hospital, but he remains critically ill, with life- threatening head injuries.

“He has just become a father for the first time to a young baby which makes this incident all the more tragic.

“We do need people to come forward and tell us what they may know or have seen.

“One witness that we asked to come forward has done so and we are grateful to him, but we still need to hear from whoever was in the beer garden of the White Hart public house, in Chorley, just after midnight in the early hours of Sunday morning, and may have seen this assault.

“We are looking at CCTV in a bid to identify potential witnesses. This CCTV includes a number of vehicles driving past the immediate aftermath of the incident. One is a white taxi, possibly a Vauxhall Zafira or similar.

“We would ask the driver or passengers of that or other vehicles to contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference 0013 of November 30.