A MAN was found badly hurt in a street, just minutes after leaving a pub.
But police are puzzled at how the 67-year-old came to suffer serious facial injuries which have left him critically ill.
They are anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen the man walking home late on Friday night. The man, who has not been named, was found unconscious and desperately ill at the junction of Deighton Road and Glenfield Avenue at 11pm.
Detectives revealed today that he had been in the Wise Owl pub, on the junction of Leeds Road and Deighton Road, for about an hour.
He had also taken part in a karaoke session there.
Det Insp Sam Cooke, of Huddersfield CID, said: "The man lives in Deighton and is well-liked.
"At the moment it is a mystery how he came by such serious injuries.
"At this stage we can't rule anything out, including him coming into contact with a vehicle," added Det Insp Cooke.
"He was found only a few hundred yards from the pub.
"Did anyone see him walking home or stopping to talk to anyone?
"Did anyone see a car in the area?
"He had only been in the pub for less than an hour," the inspector said.
"He was found by a woman who lives on Glenfield Avenue only a matter of minutes later."
Paramedics worked to stabilise the man's condition at the scene before he was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where he was said to be critical but stable today.
He is still too ill to talk to detectives.
Glenfield Avenue was sealed off until Saturday lunchtime, while police forensic experts worked at the scene.
Contact Huddersfield CID on 01484 436582.