A MANHUNT has been launched as part of an attempted murder investigation after a serious assault left a man fighting for his life in hospital.

Officers rushed to Lower Buckland Road in Lymington after a man was found with serious injuries.

The 30-year-old, from Milford-on-Sea, was taken to hospital where he is still receiving treatment.

Since the incident, which happened shortly after 3.30am on Thursday, police have been carrying out extensive enquiries to establish exactly what happened.

Police are appealing for help to track down Martin Williamson from the New Forest.

Officer now want to speak to the 45-year-old, from Brockenhurst in relation to their investigation and are hoping the public can help find him.

He is described as being white, around 6ft tall, with short brown hair and brown eyes.

He has a dragon tattoo on his right arm and chest and a tattoo of a flower on his left arm.

Detective Inspector Steve Spencer said: “We’ve been carrying out several enquiries and believe Martin is still in the New Forest area, so please keep an eye out for him.

“We’ve got extra officers on patrol in the area, so if you have any concerns, please go and talk to them.”

Police said if you see Mr Williamson call 999 immediately and do not approach him.

Officers have arrested a 42-year-old man, from Lymington, on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been bailed until November 29.

If you think you may have information about where Mr Williamson might call police on 101, quoting 44190389940, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.