A MAJOR police inquiry was launched after a man was found with severe head injuries at the foot of stairs of a nightclub following a fight in the bar.
The man, believed to be in his late 20s and from Leicester, was discovered with his injuries at Oracle nightclub in Brewery Place, at Brewery Wharf, near Leeds city centre, shortly before 3am on Sunday.
An ambulance and police officers were called to the scene and he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency treatment.
Investigations into how he came by his injuries were launched by City and Holbeck CID.
The man's condition was later given as "stable" and his relatives were at his bedside where he was unconscious for much of Sunday.
It is understood that the injured man – who is believed to have a girlfriend – was visiting the city with a group of friends for a birthday celebration.
He and other guests had been staying at a hotel in the city centre and had arrived at Oracle at about 11.30pm on Saturday.
At around 2.50am the man was found unconscious at the foot of two flights of stairs – each with ten treads divided by a U-turn landing – close to the entrance to the club. How he came to be injured is still being investigated, but the possibility that he was assaulted is one line of inquiry being pursued by detectives, said Det Insp Paul Smith.
Police forensic experts and scenes of crime officers carried out a detailed examination of the area.
Police have already interviewed a number of people who were inside the club, and were yesterday speaking to others who were present.
But Det Insp Smith stressed that he knew there were lots of people at the top of the stairs and possibly others at the bottom when the man suffered his injuries whom had yet to be spoken to by police.
He has now appealed for these and any other witnesses to contact City and Holbeck CID on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 1111.
Police particularly wish to speak to anyone who was either inside or outside the bar after 2.30am. He added that CCTV footage of the people in the club had been recovered and officers were viewing it in a bid to establish the full circumstances of what had happened to the man.
l A 42-year-old Leeds man and a 33-year-old Bradford man were arrested on suspicion of assault. After being interviewed by detectives they have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.