A MAN was left unconscious and covered in blood after being beaten with a stick in Southampton street.

The victim remains in Southampton General Hospital following the attack by two men in Bullar Street, St Mary's at around 8.45pm on Wednesday night.

One witness told the Echo that she heard shouting and looked out her window to see a man holding down the victim while another beat him with a two-foot-long stick.

He was hit so hard the stick split, they then tried to stab him with the splintered end, she alleges.

Another resident told the Echo that his children saw the attack from their window and ran to tell him there was a fight going on.

He then went outside to find the victim on the pavement with a bleeding head.

Although his injuries were not life threatening, the victim was at one point unconscious, said a witness who took the injured man into his home.

The witness also said he saw the two assailants escape in a white Mercedes.

The Bullar Street resident put towels on the injured man's head to stop the bleeding.

The good samaritan, who did not wish to be named, said: "He was in shock because he was very badly injured. They broke a broomstick over his head. He had three big cuts on his head and big bruises. His shins and knees were bleeding."

He told the Echo that he was worried by the violence in his neighbourhood.

"We are worried for our children and when they grow up. Every day they see fights. It is a worrying situation," he told the Echo.

Police confirmed that the victim, a 45-year-old man from Southampton, was found to have suffered injuries to his head, legs and back.

A spokesman for the force said that a 28-year-old man from Southampton has was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm has now been released on police bail until May 8.

The police urge anyone who witnessed this incident to call 101 and quote 44190124571.