A MAN was left with a fractured skull and serious facial injuries after an assault in Portsmouth.
The 40-year-old and another man were walking down Chichester Road, North End, at about 6.30pm on Tuesday.
As they neared the Lord Chichester Pub, a third man approached and assaulted the victim with what is believed to have been a hammer.
The victim suffered severe facial injuries, including a suspected fractured skull, and bled heavily as a result of the assault.
He managed to get away and call the ambulance service and police and is receiving treatment at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.
The suspect is believed to have made off from the scene on a bike towards Kingston Road.
Police would not confirm if the weapon used was a hammer, only saying it was a 'blunt instrument'.
Detective Constable Chris Dinenage from Portsmouth CID said: 'I'm appealing for anyone who witnessed this attack or has any information that may help us.
"It was a violent and pre-meditated assault that has left one man with serious injuries. We believe the victim and the offender are known to one another.
'We won't tolerate this behaviour on the streets of Portsmouth.
'We're following up a number of lines of enquiries. If you know anything about this incident please contact Portsmouth CID so the offender can be brought to justice.'
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Dinenage at Fratton police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.