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Wife appeals for help as Burnley man fights for life
2:50pm Friday 15th March 2013 in News
THE distraught wife of a man fighting for life after being found on a street with serious head injuries has pleaded for information about what happened to him.
Father-of-four Azeem Nawaz, 31, remained in a coma yesterday following the incident on March Street in Burnley at around 8pm on Saturday.
Police believe that Mr Nawaz, who works in the building trade, may have been assaulted prior to being found.
His wife, Alia Azeem, 32, said yesterday that her family was ‘distraught’ over the incident.
She added: “We don’t know what happened, it’s so upsetting.
“I just hope anyone who knows what happened to my husband comes forward and contacts pol-ice.”
Mr Nawaz, whose children are aged between 22 months and eight years, is being treated at Royal Preston Hospital, where his wife remains at his bedside.
He has been placed in an induced coma and his family are being supported by a specialist family liaison officer while detectives continue investigations.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen how the man sustained his injuries.
DI Jim Elston, from Pennine CID, said: “It appears the man has been subjected to some form of assault but we urgently need witnesses to come forward and assist the enquiry.”
He added that police had yet to establish why the victim, who is a builder and had been working elsewhere earlier in the day, was in the area.
One theory is that he may have been in March Street to meet someone in connection with his trade.
DI Elston said that it was possible that he may have been involved in an altercation with someone and that person may not have intended to cause him such serious harm.
Anyone in the area at the time or who saw anything unusual is urged to contact Lancashire Police on 101.