A 70-YEAR-OLD man was found with a broken neck after being attacked while out for a Bank Holiday walk in Lightoaks Park, Salford.
He had been walking down Claremont Road when police believe he was hit in the back of the head.
Witnesses report seeing a man running down nearby Acresfield Road around the time police were called at 9.15pm on Monday.
He was taken to hospital with a broken neck bone, a fractured nose, as well as cuts and bruises. On Tuesday he was awake and talking after the attack.
Detectives are still working to find out how the man sustained the injuries, as CCTV footage and witness accounts have lead nowhere.
Detective Constable Kim Hines, from Greater Manchester Police’s Salford borough, said: “This poor man has suffered extensive injuries and we need to know exactly what occurred last night.
“He was innocently walking near to the park on a night when the warm weather meant a lot of people were likely to still be around.
“We are desperate to know how this man came about his injuries and would urge anyone with CCTV or dash-cam footage living in the area to please check their cameras.
“If you saw a man running down Acresfield Road, or if this was you, please contact police immediately.
“Any information could be the piece of the puzzle we need to get a clearer picture of what happened.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 5360 quoting incident number 2553 of 07/05/18.
Details can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.