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Police renew witness appeal for violent assault outside Heighington pub
POLICE have renewed their appeal for witnesses to a violent pub assault that left a man fighting for his life last month.
Police were alerted to the assault at around 10.50pm and the man, who lives in the nearby village of School Aycliffe, was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by ambulance.
The man was in a critical condition, but has since improved.
Officers believe the force of the punch knocked the victim to the floor, causing him to hit his head off the concrete pavement.
A 34-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Sergeant Mark Edwards, of Newton Aycliffe Police, said: ““I would urge anyone who thinks they can help to get in touch. This was a very nasty assault.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the serious crime team at Newton Aycliffe on 101, quoting incident number DHM-26072013-0594.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.
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