Two people have been arrested after a 20-year-old man was found in a Cannock town centre car park with severe head injuries after a suspected attack. The man was in critical condition today.
Police cordoned off an area of Backcroft, at the rear of Poundland, after paramedics were called to the scene at 2.05am yesterday morning.
The victim is in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire where his condition is described as critical.
It is thought he may have been the victim of an assault and two men were helping police with their inquiries.
A full forensic investigation of the scene has taken place and CCTV evidence is being scoured by detectives.
The man has been named locally as Josh and his family is thought to run vintage interiors shop A Little Bit of Blighty in Mill Street.
Proprietor Clare Simpson wrote on her business Facebook page: "Some of you may of heard about a young man being attacked in Cannock and left in a critical condition. That man was my baby.
"At present I am not going to move from his side so please be patient with us!! I will however find cover for the shop but for the next few days I will not be answering any messages. I hope you all understand and thank you for your support!"
The scene remained cordoned off today as investigations continue with police urgent to speak to the people who called the ambulance early on Sunday morning.
Detective Inspector Paul Bentley from Staffordshire Police CID said "The man has sustained very serious head injuries and it appears they are consistent with him being the victim of a serious assault.
"Detectives are supporting the family of the man and this difficult time, but we need to speak to anyone who was in the Backcroft area between 1.50am and 2.10am .
"We particularly need to speak the people who called the ambulance, they did help the injured person but didnât leave any details and they may have information about the incident they donât realise is important."
Message of support have been posted on social networking sites.
Emma Singleton said: "Can't imagine what you're going through at the moment, hope he gets better soon."
Sara Aish posted: "You just stay with Josh really hope things get better really soon."
And Becky Edwards added: "Sending lots of love to you all hope he gets better soon."
Witnesses are asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.