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Police will comb through CCTV footage and speak to witnesses today, following a serious assault in Southport.
According to detectives, two groups got into an argument outside a takeaway shop on Scarborough Street around 7 o'clock on Thursday night.
A person from each group then went into a nearby alley where a fight broke out.
During the scuffle one of the men received a blow to the head and fell to the ground where he sustained a serious head injury.
A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital in a critical condition but Detective Senior Sergeant Troy Penrose said he was expected to make a full recovery.
He said the victim was extremely fortunate but added, "any punch to the head or act of violence to head is serious and we continue to make the point that one punch can kill".
olice had spoken to some of the other men involved.
"There has been some preliminary contact with those [people] and we'll be exploring their versions in further detail today," he said.