Police investigating an alleged attack that left a 49-year-old Barnsley man in a 'critical’ condition in hospital are appealing for a couple to come forward.

Dean Armitage remains at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital with head injuries following an incident at around 3.15am on Sunday, 21 July, at Skiers View Road, Hoyland.

Detectives believe that around ten to 15 minutes before the alleged assault, a couple walked past the scene – and they are now anxious to trace them.

The man and woman were arguing as they walked along Skiers View Road and into the estate.

The man is described as white, slim, aged around 18 years, with short, wavy, fair hair, wearing light blue shorts and no top. He had a Barnsley accent. The woman also had a local accent.

Officers want the couple, or anyone who knows them, to contact South Yorkshire Police on: 101, quoting incident number 298 of 21 July, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555111.

David Sindall, 33, of Selborne Street, Eastwood, Rotherham, has since been charged with burglary and grievous bodily harm in relation to this alleged incident.

He appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and has been remanded to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, 9 August.