A MAN today relived the horrific moment he suffered a fractured skull in a shocking street attack.
Martin Hall, 25, was punched in the face after going to the aid of his friend’s 62-year-old father who had got involved in an argument over a plastic rose.
Mr Hall was celebrating his friend’s birthday in Blackpool when a group of men approached them on the Promenade and stole his friend’s rose.
When her father challenged the group, a scuffle broke out. Mr Hall went to help his friend’s father but ended up being punched, causing him to fall back and strike his head on a window ledge.
The tiler, who had to undergo surgery and has been left with a 6ins scar at the back of his head, said: “I fractured my skull, which means a piece of my skull basically caved in and put pressure on my brain. I lost about two pints of blood.”
Detectives have now released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to in connection with the attack which happened outside Chubby’s Bar and the Eden Club around 12.30am on Sunday, April 15.
Det Con Marc Armstrong, from Blackpool CID, said: “The injury was horrific.
“The scuffle broke out over a petty matter, however the victim has suffered a serious head injury.
“Although it was only a single blow, as the victim fell back he struck the window ledge and his head was split wide open. The victim lost a lot of blood and also suffered a fracture to his skull.
“He will be off work for several months. We are keen to trace the people featured in the stills as they were part of the offending group.”
Mr Hall, from Stoke-on-Trent, was with six girls and his friend’s father when the incident broke out.
He added: “I remember hearing footsteps behind me, I turned around and there was a fist in my face. Next thing I was on the floor with blood pouring everywhere.
“I’ve got 15 stitches in the back of my head. It’s not really the souvenir I wanted. We went out to have a good time, not to get in a fight. I wasn’t even drunk, I wasn’t even arguing back.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Blackpool Police on (01253) 607327 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”