Attack on Queen St
A 44-year-old Blenheim man was seriously assaulted and left on a footpath for more than four hours before an ambulance was called early Sunday morning.
It is the second serious assault in central Blenheim in a week.
The man was found on Queen St, opposite Liz Davidson Park, about 7am on Sunday, a police spokeswoman said.
The attack is believed to have taken place between 2am and 3am.
St John ambulance received an emergency call-out at 7am from an unknown man.
The victim was semi-conscious when the ambulance arrived.
He had serious head and facial injuries and was taken to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.
A hospital spokeswoman said yesterday he was in a stable condition in the high dependency unit.
Police released an image of two men captured on CCTV security cameras who are believed to have been in the area at the time of the attack.
They would like to talk to anyone who recognises the men as well as the man who made the emergency call, the spokeswoman said.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan, of Blenheim, said police had yet to establish whether the man was robbed.
They were keeping an open mind as to whether the incident was linked to other assaults.
He advised people out at night enjoying themselves to plan the trip home with friends or get a taxi.
The attack happened in the same area as another serious assault the weekend before.
Police were still investigating the attack of a 20-year-old man who was assaulted and robbed of his cell phone and wallet on High St on July 21.
The man was hit once in the face and again after he fell to the ground outside the Chateau Marlborough hotel, on High St, between 3.30am and 4am.
The man was walking west along High St when the attacker came up behind him.
- The Marlborough Express