Man remanded over Bawtry attack

Iain Eldridge was attacked near the Penny Farthing pub in Bawtry in the early hours of New Years Day  (w120103-8a)
Iain Eldridge was attacked near the Penny Farthing pub in Bawtry in the early hours of New Years Day (w120103-8a)

Police are trying to trace the driver of a car that was seen in the Total Garage forecourt on High Street in Bawtry, between two minutes past midnight and 12.10am on New Year’s Day.

Officers believe whoever was in the car at that location would have had sight of the attack on 35-year-old Iain Eldridge, and may be able to help with the investigation.

Bawtry assault victim Iain Eldridge

Bawtry assault victim Iain Eldridge

A 21-year-old Bawtry man has appeared before Doncaster magistrates charged in connection with the attack, which has left the victim critically ill in hospital.

Iain Eldridge suffered a severe head injury in the attack outside the Penny Farthing pub in Bawtry just after midnight on Sunday 1st January.

Paul Oakden from Kingswood Close, Bawtry has been charged with grievous bodily harm.

He was remanded in custody on Monday to reappear before magistrates on 17th January.

Police want to trace this car and its occupiers to help with information on a serious assault in Bawtry

Police want to trace this car and its occupiers to help with information on a serious assault in Bawtry

Mr Eldridge, from Auckley, was initially taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary but later transferred to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Anyone who can identify the car or the people in it are asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting

incident number 87 of Sunday 1st January 2012.

Police appeal for Bawtry car driver to come forward