BREAKING NEWS: Poster appeal in hunt for attacker of family man Iain Eldridge

South Yorkshire Police poster appealing for information about the assault of Iain Eldridge in Bawtry.
South Yorkshire Police poster appealing for information about the assault of Iain Eldridge in Bawtry.

DETECTIVES hunting for an attacker who left a dad fighting for his life have this morning released this appeal poster.

Iain Eldridge remains in a critical condition in hospital with a head injury, police say.

The 35-year-old from Auckley was injured in an unprovoked attack shortly after he and his girlfriend left the Penny Farthing pub in Bawtry, shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day.

Officers will today be handing out posters near to the crime scene in Station Road in a bid to gain more information about the offender.

New Year’s Eve revellers in Bawtry are also being asked to look at pictures they may have taken on digital cameras or mobile phones to see if they could hold clues.

Acting Det Chf Insp Steve Whittaker said: “I’m appealing for anyone with information to please come forward. Think about what Iain’s family are going through. What if this was your son, brother or father?

“Iain was in the Penny Farthing earlier that evening with his girlfriend and the suspect may have been in that pub too or any other pubs in Bawtry. Were you out in Bawtry? Did you take any photos that may help us?

“The man fled the scene down Station Road towards Austerfield. Were you in this area? Did you see a man running this way in the early hours of New Year’s Day?”

The suspect is described as a white man, of stocky build. He is thought to be in his late 20s to early 30s and has short blond hair.

Police said no weapon was used in the attack and no arrests had been made.

Anyone with information is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 87 of Sunday, January 1, 2012. Alternatively witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.