DETECTIVES investigating how a man sustained a critical head injury which resulted in him being found unresponsive with a bleed on the brain have arrested two people.

Paramedics were called to a property in Crawford Street, Nelson, at around 7.50pm on Wednesday, where they found 35-year-old Andrius Kadzevicius.

Police released a witness appeal over the weekend as they tried to piece together Mr Kadzevicius’s last movements and establish how he came about his injuries.

Having now established he was assaulted, detectives are appealing for witnesses to a disturbance the night before.

It comes as a 34-year-old man from Nelson has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, while a 26-year-old woman from Nelson has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both remain in custody this evening.

Mr Kadzevicius remains in Royal Preston Hospital in a critical condition.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information about the incident and would like to hear from anybody with information about the disturbance which occurred just before midnight on Tuesday, March 24, in Rutland Street, Nelson.

Det Ch Insp Zoe Russo, of the force major investigation team, said: “We have been continuing our enquiries since last week and we now believe Mr Kadzevicius was assaulted, causing his head injury.

“We are still appealing for information about how he came about his injuries and in particular are looking into whether a disturbance on Tuesday evening – March 24th – may be connected.

“We understand people may be reluctant to come forward during this time especially if they have not been following the government guidelines about saying at home but I would reassure them that our immediate concern is to find out what happened to Mr Kadzevicius and I would urge anyone who has any information, no matter how insignificant they may feel it to be, to come forward and speak to us.

“The residents around Crawford Street and surrounding area may see detectives carrying out house to house enquiries but those officers will be carrying identification and will conduct their enquiries safely in line with social distancing advice.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1513 of March 25. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.