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A man was attacked while taking a shortcut home in Wellington last night, and is now in a serious condition in hospital with a suspected fractured scull.
Police were called at 3am today by staff at Kenepuru Hospital in regards to a male victim with a serious head injury.
It has been established he had been walking home after having dinner at a friend's house in Worcester Street between 10.30pm and 11.30pm.
It appears he took a short cut through Cannons Creek Park where police have since discovered fresh blood and items belonging to the man.
Police say a group of people may have been hanging out in the area drinking alcohol - a common occurrence at that location.
The victim is now in hospital with a suspected fractured skull, and is in a serious condition. Police said they would like to warn people to be vigilant if walking at night in this area.
Anyone with information about this incident, or who may know who was in this area on Thursday night between 10.30pm and midnight is asked to call the Wellington Crime Squad on 3812077.