Detectives investigating an assault in Hemel Hempstead are appealing for witnesses and information as part of their ongoing enquiries.
The incident occurred near Poundland in the Marlowes, at around 6.30am on Saturday September 4.
It was reported that a man, aged in his late 50s, was assaulted by another man.
The victim was initially able to run away and seek help from police. However, he then attended hospital where it was discovered that he had sustained serious injuries, including a punctured lung and broken ribs. He remains in hospital, in an induced coma.
Detective Constable Wendy Machan, from the Local Crime Unit, said: “Our enquiries are continuing at this time and we are appealing for anyone who saw the incident, or who perhaps saw two men in the area around the time, to please come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to please email email@example.com
You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/68388/21.
Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org