Thursday, 28 April 2016

Kirk Hutchinson was left lying unconscious on a pavement and is still in hospital six months after the attack.
13:47, UK,Thursday 28 April 2016
Kirk Hutchinson
A man has been left with half a skull after what police have described as a "savage and despicable" attack.
Kirk Hutchinson was found lying unconscious on a pavement with severe head injuries by officers following reports of a disturbance involving several males in the town of Bacup, Lancashire.
The 52-year-old of Stacksteads, a neighbouring village, required surgery for a bleed on the brain and was placed in a medically induced coma.
He has been left with life-changing injuries following the brutal assault on the evening of 26 October last year,
Kirk Hutchinso
Mr Hutchinson is still in hospital and police say he will probably need medical care for the rest of his life.
Seven men aged 20 to 33 and a 38-year-old woman were arrested near the time in connection with the attack. All were released without charge.
Six months on, Lancashire Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses and released images of Mr Hutchinson - before and after the attack.
They believe he was attacked by a group of men wearing dark clothing, scarves and balaclavas.
Kirk Hutchinson and Chelsea Tolley
Detective Inspector Andy Cribbin said: "This was a particularly vicious and cowardly assault on a defenceless individual.
"Despite making some initial arrests, we have yet to charge those responsible for carrying out this attack. This must change.
"We are appealing to the community to provide information which could help us with our investigation.
"We believe at least two people saw the attack and would ask them and any others to come forward with information.
"This was a savage and despicable assault and Mr Hutchinson deserves justice."