A MAN is critical in hospital after an assault left him with a fractured skull.
The 42-year-old was found lying injured in an alleyway behind Chapel Road in New Broughton, Wrexham, in the early hours of Sunday.
Paramedics who alerted police said he had suffered lacerations to his face in the attack, and severe head injuries, which North Wales Police described as life-threatening.
The victim was transferred to the neurosurgery unit at Walton Hospital in Liverpool early on Sunday.
Police have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the New Broughton area of Wrexham and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
North Wales Ambulance Service received a call at 1.16am that a man had been injured in an incident in New Broughton.
Two emergency vehicles arrived at an alleyway at the back of Chapel Road which runs between the Bargain Booze shop and Western Road.
The ambulance service alerted the police and took the man to Wrexham Maelor Hospital but he was later transferred to Walton.
A full-scale investigation was launched under the control of Detective Chief Inspector Neill Anderson of Wrexham CID.
The alleyway has been marked out by forensic investigators.
Police have not said whether a weapon was used or whether they are looking for more than one person.
Det Chief Insp Anderson is appealing for anyone who might have information or who was in the area about 1am to call North Wales Police on 0845 607 1001 (Welsh line) 0845 607 1002 (English line) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
On Tuesday as the Chronicle went to press, detectives were given consent by Flintshire Magistrates Court to hold a 23-year-old suspect for further inquiries.