Three Kirklees men are in custody after a brawl left a man with a potentially deadly head injury.
Now police want to speak to witnesses after a fight broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning in central Wakefield.
A 38-year-old man from Bradford has been admitted to Leeds General Infirmary with a life-threatening head injury.
Four men are in police custody in connection with the incident. They are a 20-year-old man from Liversedge, a 20-year-old man from Batley, a 21-year-old man from Mirfield and 22-year-old from Leeds. All four men are being held on suspicion of assault.
Det Supt Nick Wallen from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime) said: ‘‘Officers were called to the scene which was near to the Bing Bada Boom venue on Westgate, shortly before 5am on Saturday following reports that up to 10 people were fighting.
‘‘While the investigation is at an early stage we have made four arrests in connection with this incident and I am keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the disturbance and has not already spoken to police.
‘‘We believe the incident started following a disagreement in a nearby takeaway which has then spilled out onto the street. At the time this took place there will have been a number of people in the local area getting a taxi home or having something to eat and I would like to hear from those potential witnesses. CCTV from surrounding premises is also being examined.”
Det Supt Wallen added: ‘‘Incidents like this will not be tolerated and for someone to suffer life-threatening injuries under these circumstances and in the run-up to Christmas is disturbing and is something we are not used to seeing in Wakefield.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wakefield CID via 101 and quoting reference number 0330 from December 13.
Information can also be given anonymously and in confidence through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In unrelated investigations, police would like to speak to the people pictured in the image gallery below. The people pictured in the images may be witnesses as well as suspects. If you recognise anyone, contact police on 101 quoting the reference number on the image caption.