A man was left unconscious with serious head injuries following a vicious attack on Blackpool promenade.
Medics at Royal Preston Hospital were put on standby for the victim’s arrival after he was found with serious injuries and bleeding profusely on Princess Parade, by the Grand Metropole Hotel, Blackpool.
The 31-year-old was flown by air ambulance to the hospital’s major trauma centre after emergency crews were called shortly before 6.15pm on Tuesday.
He remains in hospital in a stable condition and tests are being carried out to check for further, potentially internal, injuries, police said.
He was found close to the Blackpool War Memorial, suffering a serious head injury, serious bleeding and facial injuries.
It is believed someone had stamped on his head during the attack. A spokesman for North West Ambulance said: “An ambulance was called to a male who was assaulted, he was badly beaten up with facial injuries and was unconscious. He suffered a serious head trauma and serious bleeding, he was airlifted to Preston Royal Hospital and they were informed en route it was a serious case.”
Emergency services were called from a mobile phone at 6.13pm from the area at the back of the hotel on the promenade.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police added: “We were called by the ambulance crew at 6.15pm to reports of a man who had been assaulted.
“An investigation is underway but this is believed to be an isolated incident.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.”
A crowd gathered to watch as the patient was airlifted from the beach at 7.15pm and coastguard crews were also called to assist as the heli-ambulance landed and took off.
James Stannard, deputy station officer for Lytham coastguard, said: “We set up a secure landing set for the air ambulance to land, with a doctor and paramedic on board, on the beach.”
People walking along Blackpool promenade told of their shock at seeing a man being airlifted to hospital after being attacked. Passerby Paul Long said: “There was a huge crowd watching. Someone said the man had been attacked and had his head and body stamped on.
“The crime area was cordoned off while officers inspected the scene along with officers to keep people away.”