Man Assaulted On Church Street Blackpool Last Month Has Sadly Died

A 53 year old Blackpool resident who was assaulted on Church Street in Blackpool at about 8.35 p.m. on Sunman assaulted in Blackpool last month has sadly died.

Anthony Harley was assaulted on Church Street in the resort at about 8.35 p.m. on Sunday 19th  February. The victim of the assault, known to his friends as Archie, suffered a serious head injury and was left severely brain damaged.

Mr Harley from Blackpool, had been in a critical condition in Royal Preston Hospital since the incident but sadly passed away this morning (Friday 17th March).

Police say his family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time.

A Home Office post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to try and establish Mr Harley’s cause of death.

A 33-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on February 20th on suspicion of Section 18 wounding and remains on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Wilson, of Blackpool Police, said: “Mr Harley very sadly passed away in hospital earlier today and my thoughts are with his loved ones at this time. While we have made an arrest our enquiries are ongoing, and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the assault or who has any information to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting log 1161 of February 19, 2023.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile, his sister Debby Harley has today said, ‘This is my brother. This should be manslaughter charge. The punch caused his cardiac arrest at the scene and the lack of oxygen damaged his brain so severely he had no chance of life.’

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