Attack dad transferred to DRI - but still critical

ATTACKED: Iain Eldridge, 35, is still fighting for his life in hospital after being the victim of an unprovoked attack in Bawtry on New Year's Day.

ATTACKED: Iain Eldridge, 35, is still fighting for his life in hospital after being the victim of an unprovoked attack in Bawtry on New Year's Day.

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A DAD fighting for his life following an unprovoked attack has been transferred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Iain Eldridge, 35, remained in a stable but critical condition when he suffered a brain injury from a single punch during the attack which happened just after midnight on New Year’s Day.

The Auckley father-of-two was taken to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

He has now been transferred back to DRI to be closer to home, Ch Insp Steve Whittaker confirmed to the Free Press.

Paul Oakden, 21, of Kingswood Close, Bawtry, has appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court charged with grievous bodily harm following the attack which happened outside a hair salon in Station Road, Bawtry.

He was remanded in custody and has a committal date next month.

A 19-year-old man was also arrested in connection with the offence and later bailed.

South Yorkshire Police is still keen to trace a driver of a car that was seen in the Total Garage forecourt in High Street, Bawtry, between 12.02am and 12.10am on New Year’s Day.

Ch Insp Whittaker said: “Iain still remains in a critical condition, he’s been transferred to be closer to home but there is no further update.

“The case is still on-going and we’re still appealing for people regarding the driver of the car at the garage.”

Police believe whoever was in the car may have seen the attack on gas engineer Iain, who had been out celebrating New Year’s in Bawtry’s Penny Farthing pub, in the High Street, with his girlfriend, and can help with the investigation.

Officers have also been looking through CCTV images from homeowners and businesses as part of the probe.

Anyone who can help with the investigation, particularly those who can identify the car or the people in it are asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 87 of Sunday, January 1.