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Student fighting for life

19 year old Daniel Whiteley was found in a water-filled ditch in Platt Fields Park, Manchester Photo: ITV Calendar

A 19-year-old from South Yorkshire is fighting for his life after he was found seriously injured in a water-filled ditch. Daniel Whiteley, from Barnsley, was discovered in Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield in the early hours of Tuesday.

The first-year English student at the University of Manchester had suffered multiple injuries to his head and body, and is in a critical condition in hospital.

19 year old Daniel is a student at the University of Manchester Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police said he had been assaulted and are investigating his whereabouts up to when he was found at the bottom of an embankment in the park.

If you were in the Platt Fields Park or surrounding area on Monday night or Tuesday morning and saw or heard anything you think may be linked to this case, then please get in touch with us. We are determined to establish the facts so we can provide Daniel's family with some much needed answers. However insignificant you think your information may be, it could actually be vital to our investigation.

– Detective Inspector Terry Crompton, Longsight CI

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4245 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.