DETECTIVES investigating the discovery of an unconscious man at Ulley Country Park believe he was attacked.
The man was discovered in Ulley Country Park unconscious on an embankment by the reservoir at around 8.35am on Monday.
The 37-year-old was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
Officers have been at the site since Monday with areas closed off and a helicopter spotted hovering over the area.
They are trying to find out how the man was injured.
Officers now believe this is a suspicious incident and are urging anyone who may have been in Ulley Country Park on Sunday to get in touch.
Det Insp Mark Monteiro, from the Force Crime Unit, said: “We’ve had officers following up lines of enquiry since the man was found on Monday morning.
“The man’s injuries are severe and he’s very unwell in hospital, which now lead us to believe that he has been the victim of an assault.
“What remains unclear is where the man was assaulted, whether this happened in the park or whether he was transported there, and how he came to be on the reservoir embankment.
“This is clearly quite a troubling incident and we want to reassure the public that we are taking this matter very seriously and we will have an increased police presence in Ulley Country Park, speaking to people to see if we can piece together what happened.
“I’d ask anyone who regularly uses the park — dog walkers, runners, cyclists, families — to cast their minds back to Sunday afternoon/evening and if you saw anything suspicious or concerning, please call us.”
People can call police on 101, quoting incident number 209 of October 16 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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