POLICE have stepped-up their appeal for witnesses after a man was left fighting for his life in a street attack in Tyldesley.

They said the victim, a 47-year-old man from Tyldesley, was hit over the head after he had been seen possibly tampering with a car. He has remained in hospital since the incident, on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Now, two weeks on, police are again asking witnesses to speak to them.

The incident happened shortly after 8.30pm when the victim was walking home along Henry Street, Tyldesley.

The man was in obvious need of assistance walking along the road when spotted by a passerby, a 54-year-old man, who decided to help him walk home.

As they walked by a Vauxhall Astra parked on Henry Street, the victim approached the car and appeared to tamper with the door.

Shortly after an offender appeared and struck the man with a metal bar.

Officers arrived at the scene within minutes and the victim was taken to Hope Hospital by ambulance. He remains in a serious condition.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington said: “It’s now two weeks since this man was attacked and he still remains very poorly, although there have been some encouraging signs of improvement.

“We have made a series of enquiries since the incident, however, we still need to speak to more witnesses. I believe there were people in the area at the time that we have yet to speak to.

“Please, if you know anything and we haven’t yet been to see you then please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call CID on 0161 856 7252 or Crimsetoppers on 0800 555 111.

*Antony McGill, aged 45, of Henry Street, Tyldesley, has been charged with Section 18 assault and is next due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, January 25.