POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two people were attacked on Shaldon Bridge on Saturday night, leaving one with a fractured skull.
A man in his 20s from Teignmouth was punched in the face, knocked out and rushed to Torbay Hospital's intensive care unit.
His friend who came to the rescue was also glassed in the face.
The incident occurred at 11.30pm.
"This is a nasty incident and in a very public place and we hope witnesses will come forward," said DC Melanie Ferran at Newton Abbot police station.
"The incident involved an altercation between two groups of people who are known to each other.
"This type of crime is rare in the area and we'd like to put people's minds at rest."
Anyone with information should call the police on 101 quoting reference number JG131415.