A MAN has suffered a serious head injury in an attack in a Southampton city centre park.

Officers say the victim, 29, was attacked by a group of people in Watts Park, near Cumberland Place.

Police say the attack happened near to Cenotaph within the park in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Now officers are appealing for the person who came to the victim's aid and chased away the attackers to come forward.

They are also appealing for information from clubbers in nearby bar Cafe Parfait, who may have witnessed the incident.

Detective Constable Simon Wyeth, said: “The incident is believed to have happened near to the monument within Watts Park; on the pathway between the Bedford Place entrance and the monument.

"We know that someone called the ambulance at 2.28am to report the incident and the caller has then chased the attackers away.

"We’ve not yet spoken to this person and it’s important we do, as they may have vital information that could assist our inquiry.

"If this was you, or you know who it was, please call us as soon as possible.

“During the time of the attack there were lots of people outside Café Parfait and there were also lots of people walking through the park itself and along the adjacent pavements.

"Were you one of these people? Did you see or hear anything that you think could be connected to this incident?

"If you have any information, please call us on 101 quoting 44190292644.”

Officers say the victim entered Watts Park from the entrance of Above Bar Street, near Cafe Parfait, around 2.15am on Sunday, August 18.

Soon after entering the park, police say he was seriously assaulted by a group of unknown people.

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment of serious head injuries.

Police say the man remains in hospital.