Second arrest following serious assault on New Brighton prom

Detectives investigating an assault in New Brighton yesterday, Tuesday, 12 January, have arrested a second male in connection with the incident.

A 15-year-old boy arrested yesterday has been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

A second 15-year-old boy from New Brighton was arrested on suspicion of Section 18 assault today. He remains in custody for questioning.

At around 7.25am, yesterday morning, a report was received of a man in his 50s who had been found with a head injury near to the Black Pearl. Officers attended along with the ambulance service and the victim was taken to hospital.

It was reported he had been struck with a piece of wood by two males.

The victim, a man in his 50’s, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

CCTV and witness enquiries are being carried out and an investigation is ongoing.

Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said, “An investigation is ongoing following a serious assault in New Brighton yesterday, and we are keen to speak to anyone with information.

“We know there was a number of people in the area at the time and I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or suspicious behaviour in the area, to please come forward.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information which could assist the investigation is asked to DM @MerPolCC or contact @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 20000691418.