Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man sustained a life-threatening head injury in an alleged serious assault in High Green, Sheffield, on Christmas Eve.
Alan Greaves, 68, was found on the pavement close to his home on Greengate Lane at approximately 11.15pm this Monday, 24 December 2012. Mr Greaves remains in a critical condition in the Northern General Hospital.
Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: "Christmas is a time for families. Like most people, Alan Greaves' family were looking forward to spending Christmas together but instead, they are distraught with their father and grandfather fighting for his life in hospital.
"Mr Greaves appears to have suffered a brutal attack after leaving his home address to attend Midnight Mass. At this stage, the motive is unclear. I want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident. If you know who did this, please come forward and offer your support to the family at this difficult time."
Anyone with information that could assist investigating officers should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 1183 of Monday, 24 December 2012.