A 38-year-old man has been taken to hospital with a “life-threatening head injury” after a fight broke out in the early hours of this morning (Saturday) in Wakefield.
Officers were called to the scene, near to the Bing Bada Boom, on Westgate, shortly before 5am following reports of up to ten people fighting.
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime), said: “We believe the incident started following a disagreement in a nearby takeaway which has then spilled out onto the street. At the time this took place there will have been a number of people in the local area getting a taxi home or having something to eat and I would like to hear from those potential witnesses.
“While the investigation is at an early stage we have made four arrests in connection with this incident and I am keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the disturbance and has not already spoken to police.
“A 38-year-old man from Bradford has been admitted to Leeds General Infirmary with a life threatening head injury, so it’s vital that we establish what took place here as soon as possible.
“At the present time a scene remains in place on Westgate while forensic officers examine the area for evidence. CCTV from surrounding premises is also being examined.
“Incidents like this will not be tolerated and for someone to suffer life threatening injuries under these circumstances and in the run-up to Christmas is disturbing and is something we are not used to seeing in Wakefield.
“Additional patrols will be in central Wakefield tonight and I would again ask people that may not have already contacted police because they may have wanted to leave the area and get home to contact officers if they have any information which could assist the investigation.”
Four men remain in custody this morning in connection with the incident on suspicion of assault. They are a 20-year-old man from Liversedge, a 20-year-old man from Batley, a 21-year-old man from Mirfield and 22-year-old from Leeds.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wakefield CID on 101 and quote the reference number 0330.
Information can also be given anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.