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Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder as a result of an incident in Sandown last night (Monday).

A 49-year-old man is in a life-threatening condition in Southampton General Hospital having sustained head injuries during an assault, which is said to have taken place outside The Old Comical pub on St John’s Road at around 19:55.

Police cordoned off an alleyway and the frontage of public house overnight and, as first reported by Island Echo, forensic investigators arrived shortly before 09:00 this morning to gather evidence and document the scene.

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Island Echo understands the victim is known to the accused, who remains in Police custody at this time.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the pub or surrounding area at the time, who may have seen what happened.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting 44180351867. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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