Sheffield attack victim fights for life

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Police officers were due to talk to shoppers today - one week on after a man was left fighting for life following an attack outside a Sheffield supermarket.

The 37-year-old victim was subjected to a ‘particularly nasty attack’ near Tesco on Infirmary Road, Upperthorpe, last Saturday afternoon police have revealed - but so far just one witness has come forward.

In a bid to trace shoppers who may have been visiting the store at the time of the attack last week, officers were due to revisit the area today looking for people who may have seen the events leading up to the attack.

Police said the victim is still in intensive care in hospital yesterday, while two suspects arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm - a 24-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man - are on bail pending further inquiries.

Acting Detective Inspector Dave Turner said: “This was a particularly nasty assault that has left a man with life-threatening injuries.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time, perhaps doing their shopping in the supermarket, or to anyone who has any information, to please come forward and contact the police.”

He said the victim was walking from home with his partner to Tesco when an argument broke out with a group of people near the tram stop on Infirmary Road.

“Some sort of discussion took place beforehand,” said DI Turner. “The assault left the victim with serious head and facial injuries.”

He said ‘a high degree of violence’ was used - but added members of the public do not need to fear for their safety.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 688 of November 9.