Worker ambushed in street attack

Sub Zero ice arena, Cleveleys.
Sub Zero ice arena, Cleveleys.
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A worker was ambushed and brutally assaulted in a “shocking” attack which has left him in hospital.

Detectives are today appealing for information after the 29-year-old victim was ambushed by his attacker after arriving for work at the Jubilee Ice Arena, formerly Sub Zero, on the Promenade, in Cleveleys, shortly after 8.30am on Thursday, police said.

He was discovered by a member of the public suffering from a bleed on the brain.

Paramedics were called and the man is now receiving treatment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Police say he is waiting to find out if he will need an operation.

Jubilee councillor David Walmsley said he was “completely shocked” to hear something like this had happened in Cleveleys.

He said: “I am completely shocked, assaults like that don’t happen in Cleveleys.

“I maintain a street by street analysis of crime in the Jubilee ward and I know from my research that Cleveleys is a very law abiding town especially when it comes to violent crime like this.

“It’s really sad this has happened as the young man has been going to work.

“Cleveleys Neighbourhood Policing team work hard to keep crime low in the ward. We are one of the only wards where crime is constantly on the decline.

“I would personally like to reassure residents this is not a common occurrence in

No one from Jubilee Ice Arena was available to comment.

Detectives are now appealing for anyone with information or CCTV footage in the area to come forward.

Det Sgt Kathryn Riley, of Lancashire Police, said: “A man suffering from head injuries was discovered by a member of the public in the car park to the rear of the Jubilee Ice Arena on Thursday morning.

“We do not believe this was a random attack.

“The victim suffered serious injuries including a bleed on the brain.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious around that time or has CCTV footage covering that area I urge them to call police directly on 101 quoting log number LC20130926-0240.

A 20-year-old man from Cleveleys has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released pending further investigation.