DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses and dash-cam footage after a man suffered serious head injuries following an assault near Thirsk Industrial Estate.

It happened at around 5.35pm yesterday, Monday November 1, when the victim was walking along York Road.

Read more: Main road closed due to police incident

He was attacked near the second junction (heading out of Thirsk), that leads to the industrial estate.

Officers came across the man, who is local and aged in his 30s, laid on the pavement with serious head injuries.

He was airlifted to James Cook Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

A section of the A170 York Road road was closed into this morning to enable crime scene investigators to carry out their enquiries.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Officers are treating the incident as an assault and are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage from anyone who was in the area at the time, including the moments before the incident.

"If you saw, or have any dash-cam footage of either the victim, who was wearing light coloured trousers and a black jacket or another man, described as muscular and wearing a grey hooded top and tracksuit trousers who was walking towards the industrial estate, or if you witnessed the assault itself please get in touch.

If you can assist the investigation, call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Northallerton CID or email If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Quote reference 12210233396 when passing on information.

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