A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being found unconscious on a path on Christmas morning.
The 43-year-old man from Peterborough, was found at 10am by a member of the public on the path in Ringwood at about 10am on December 25.
He had a serious head injury and was taken to Peterborough City Hospital but later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he currently remains in a critical condition.
He had been last seen leaving the Cooper’s pub in near-by Copeland, Bretton, at about 2am. It is not known how he suffered the head injury.
David Dixon, assistant manager at the pub, said : “He is one of the regulars, and a really popular man.
“No-one knows what happened to him, but it is a real shock.
“He is one of the nicest people you could meet, a real salt of the earth. He is a member of the pool team, and a lot of people know him.
“We might do a bit of a fundraiser for the hospital who have helped him. It is something we will talk to his family about.
“We understand doctors are confident he will make a recovery. We hope to see him soon.”
Detective Sergeant Adam Fraser said: “At this stage we are not treating this incident as a crime but would like to determine the circumstances which led to this man receiving the head injury.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who was travelling home during the early hours of Christmas Day and may have seen this man in the Bretton area.
“Any information, no matter how small, could prove invaluable in understanding what happened.”
An East of England Ambulance spokesman confirmed they had taken the man to hospital, where he was in a serious condition.
Anyone with information should contact Cambridgeshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.