Police search for attackers of ‘gentle giant’

Brendan McKelvey
Brendan McKelvey

By Shelley Marsden

A MAN described as a ‘gentle giant’ has been left fighting for his life after a vicious attack in Bolton town centre.

Brendan McKelvey, 49, who is six foot tall, was discovered on the pavement, his terrier Pip sitting by his side.

He had gone out for a walk in the early hours of the morning to alleviate the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis when police believe he was approached, punched in the face three or four times, and left with a serious injury to the back of his head.

Brendan was found at 2am on Friday, July 25 at the junction of Chorley Old Road and St George’s Street by two passers by, who helped him and called the emergency services.

At this stage, police have no clear motive for the violent attack, though one theory is that it might have been an attempted robbery.

Detective Inspector Andy Cunliffe, said: “Brendan is a much loved family member and his attack has left those closest to him beside themselves with worry.

“We have released the image in the hope it will jog the memory of someone who may have seen him in the early hours of Friday morning, especially around the junction of St George’s Road and Chorley Old Road.

“If you saw Brendan and Pip or have any information about who is responsible for attacking him please call us in complete confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 5823. Alternatively they could call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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