Man in 'very serious condition' after suffering head injury during Blackburn assault

A man has been hospitalised with serious injuries after an assault outside the Salvation Army in Blackburn.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 3:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 3:18 pm

Police were called to a report of an assault outside the Salvation Army in Clayton Street shortly after 4.30pm yesterday (April 26).

A 35-year-old man was found with a head injury when officers arrived and was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital. He remains in a very serious condition, police said.

Detectives would now like to speak to Brendan Duff, 30, as they believe he could have information which may assist with their enquiries.

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Det Chief Insp Derry Crorken, of Blackburn Police, said: "This assault has left a man in a very serious condition in hospital and I would appeal for anyone who wither witnessed the incident itself or who has any information to come forward.

"As part of our investigation we have identified a man we want to trace and speak to. Brendan Duff is 30 years old and lives in the Blackburn area.

"We are making efforts to find him but I would ask anyone who sees him or knows where he may be to get in touch. I would also urge Brendan himself to come forward and contact us if he sees this appeal."

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Detectives would like to speak to Brendan Duff (pictured) as they believe he could have information which may assist with their enquiries. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Officers have urged members of the public not to approach Brendan, but to contact police.

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 1037 of April 26.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website

For immediate sightings call 999.

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