Shortly after 9.15pm on Monday 7, May 2018 police were called to Claremont Road to reports of an elderly man lying on the ground injured.
He was found by two members of the public near to Lightoaks Park and when the 70-year-old was taken to hospital it was discovered he had suffered a broken neck bone, a fractured nose and cuts and bruises.
He is currently awake and talking.
It is believed the man was walking down Claremont Road when he felt a blow to the back of his head and witnesses described seeing a man running down Acresfield Road nearby.
Despite house-to-house enquiries, a trawl of CCTV as well as victim and witness accounts, it is still unclear exactly what happened and detectives are appealing to residents for more information.
Detective Constable Kim Hines, from GMP’s Salford borough, said:
“This poor man has suffered extensive injuries and we need to know exactly what occurred last night.
“He was innocently walking near to the park on a night when the warm weather meant a lot of people were likely to still be around.
“We are desperate to know how this man came about his injuries and would urge anyone with CCTV or dash-cam footage living in the area to please check their cameras.
“If you saw a man running down Acresfield Road, or if this was you, please contact police immediately.
“Any information could be the piece of the puzzle we need to get a clearer picture of what happened.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 5360 quoting incident number 2553 of 07/05/18.
Details can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.