UPDATED: Dog walker in coma after he is punched 'two or three times in the face' and left unconscious in Chorley Old Road

Police in Chorley Old Road

Brendan McKelvey's dog, a black Patterdale Terrier

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A DOG walker who was found collapsed in the street was violently attacked in the early hours of Friday morning, police say.

The victim, 49-year-old Brendan McKelvey, of Hunger Hill - was walking his black Patterdale Terrier along Chorley Old Road when he was attacked.

He was found unconscious by motorists just before 2am, who found him lying across the pavement and into the road, with his dog beside him.

It is not known how long he had been there.

Mr McKelvey was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital, where he underwent surgery and is now in a coma.

His family have been notified and are caring for the dog.

Police say Mr McKelvey — who stands taller than six foot and has distinctive colour tattoos on both arms — would go for late night walks to help alleviate the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

Detectives are now trying to piece together his route before he was attacked, and have released a picture of his pet to jog people’s memories.

Det Supt Jon Chadwick told The Bolton News it was unclear how many people had attacked Mr McKelvey.

He said: “He was quite a distance from his home when the assault happened, and we don’t know where he was going.

“There are no obvious signs of a weapon being used.


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“His injuries are consistent with him being punched in the face two to three times, with the main injuries on the back of his head.

“We are looking for any information as to where Mr McKelvey was from about 6pm on Thursday evening,”

Mr McKelvey, who has short fair hair, was wearing a dark t-shirt, dark trousers and blue trainers when he was attacked.

Anyone with information about the incident of Mr McKelvey's route before he was attackes can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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Brendan McKelvey's dog, a black Patterdale Terrier

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12:50pm Sat 26 Jul 14

lammypie says...

A terrible incident. Maybe a description of clothes he was wearing and a description of dog would assist?
A terrible incident. Maybe a description of clothes he was wearing and a description of dog would assist? lammypie
  • Score: -12

2:10pm Sat 26 Jul 14

SupeRed09 says...

lammypie wrote:
A terrible incident. Maybe a description of clothes he was wearing and a description of dog would assist?
How did you manage to read the article if you are blind?
[quote][p][bold]lammypie[/bold] wrote: A terrible incident. Maybe a description of clothes he was wearing and a description of dog would assist?[/p][/quote]How did you manage to read the article if you are blind? SupeRed09
  • Score: 43

2:16pm Sat 26 Jul 14

goldie47 says...

yet another scumbag crawls out of the gutter to assault someone.....when caught will prob get community service....we dont want to infringe his/her human rights
yet another scumbag crawls out of the gutter to assault someone.....when caught will prob get community service....we dont want to infringe his/her human rights goldie47
  • Score: 71

3:20pm Sat 26 Jul 14

naomimum1 says...

hope the man comes round from his coma, hope the scum people are caught i think certain area's like this need 24/7 CCTV thought are with the man and his family
hope the man comes round from his coma, hope the scum people are caught i think certain area's like this need 24/7 CCTV thought are with the man and his family naomimum1
  • Score: 36

4:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Lancashire always says...

Strange yet again someone attacked from behind and beaten up isn't this what happens outside the Spar regularly by a group of sixteen year olds ?
You cant even shop there without a minder after 9pm without being accosted.
Strange yet again someone attacked from behind and beaten up isn't this what happens outside the Spar regularly by a group of sixteen year olds ? You cant even shop there without a minder after 9pm without being accosted. Lancashire always
  • Score: 32

4:27pm Sat 26 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

When are the powers that be realise that fists are weapons.bring back the stocks for these crimes at the least..
When are the powers that be realise that fists are weapons.bring back the stocks for these crimes at the least.. artistpaint
  • Score: 22

4:29pm Sat 26 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

Thugs are always cowards...
Thugs are always cowards... artistpaint
  • Score: 24

5:57pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sallyupsteps says...

My friend was attacked in a similar manner and because he had amnesia and couldn't identity his attackers no one was prosecuted. But all Little Lever knows who they are.
My friend was attacked in a similar manner and because he had amnesia and couldn't identity his attackers no one was prosecuted. But all Little Lever knows who they are. sallyupsteps
  • Score: 22

5:59pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Jan Sobieski says...

goldie47 wrote:
yet another scumbag crawls out of the gutter to assault someone.....when caught will prob get community service....we dont want to infringe his/her human rights
And the idiot sheep will vote for more.
[quote][p][bold]goldie47[/bold] wrote: yet another scumbag crawls out of the gutter to assault someone.....when caught will prob get community service....we dont want to infringe his/her human rights[/p][/quote]And the idiot sheep will vote for more. Jan Sobieski
  • Score: 10

6:06pm Sat 26 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

Bring tough new laws in for these scum cowardly thugs.
Bring tough new laws in for these scum cowardly thugs. artistpaint
  • Score: 23

6:24pm Sat 26 Jul 14

boydell says...

It was just a pity that his dog wasn't a bloody big vicious German Shepherd who might have scared the S!!!T out of these cowards. They deserve to be sent down if they are ever arrested. I hope they realise that they will be up for attempted murder. I just wonder which gutter these cowards are now hiding in. Someone must know who they are !
It was just a pity that his dog wasn't a bloody big vicious German Shepherd who might have scared the S!!!T out of these cowards. They deserve to be sent down if they are ever arrested. I hope they realise that they will be up for attempted murder. I just wonder which gutter these cowards are now hiding in. Someone must know who they are ! boydell
  • Score: 44

12:11am Sun 27 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Do you people commenting even live in Bolton?

He lives in Hunger Hill but was walking his dog at the bottom of Chorley Old Road at two in the morning.

That's not a route or a time that someone would normally choose, DVT or not.

Again, there's more to this one......
Do you people commenting even live in Bolton? He lives in Hunger Hill but was walking his dog at the bottom of Chorley Old Road at two in the morning. That's not a route or a time that someone would normally choose, DVT or not. Again, there's more to this one...... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 0

2:35am Sun 27 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

There are two sides to every story you know. Just because this rubbish newspaper shows you the picture of a dog doesn't mean the guy is blameless. The BN will spin the story and it will brain wash the uneducated. Until we hear the full story we can't decide. Patterdale terriers are vicious creatures. They have attacked people.
There are two sides to every story you know. Just because this rubbish newspaper shows you the picture of a dog doesn't mean the guy is blameless. The BN will spin the story and it will brain wash the uneducated. Until we hear the full story we can't decide. Patterdale terriers are vicious creatures. They have attacked people. Chrome1
  • Score: -24

3:13am Sun 27 Jul 14

Snakestail says...

From the earlier reports there was this comment from a bystander taken by the so called reporter

"Andrew Goodram, aged 34, of Chorley Old Road, said: “My neighbour heard about nine lads fighting in the street in the early hours of the morning. "

So, his neighbour didn't actually see nine lads fighting, just heard them, that's pretty accurate hearing to differentiate nine fighting lads.

And a comment was also made that this happened near a homeless shelter. Well, that immediately indicates that it must have been them doesn't it? Or why else put it into the article. It is also near a pub and a closed down sex shop, oh and an Indian Hindu Temple and several solicitors so I guess it was homeless, drunk, Hindu perverts who charge money by the hour that probably smacked this guy around. Well just look at the evidence of the surrounding buildings, its obvious it must have been them.

The facts are that a guy aged 49 was walking his dog miles away from home at stupid o'clock when something happened and he had his head bashed in. The neighbour that heard nine guys fighting didn't call the police because ... well she probably went back to sleep. And at 2am he was found, taken to hospital in Salford (because Bolton hospital must be to crap to deal with it or something.) And the road was shut until it inconvenienced drivers enough that they stopped and talked to reporters about something that they knew nothing about and now we have a cute picture of a dog. If this doesn't win a journalist award or something, well, I'd be surprised, it's an injustice.

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From the earlier reports there was this comment from a bystander taken by the so called reporter "Andrew Goodram, aged 34, of Chorley Old Road, said: “My neighbour heard about nine lads fighting in the street in the early hours of the morning. " So, his neighbour didn't actually see nine lads fighting, just heard them, that's pretty accurate hearing to differentiate nine fighting lads. And a comment was also made that this happened near a homeless shelter. Well, that immediately indicates that it must have been them doesn't it? Or why else put it into the article. It is also near a pub and a closed down sex shop, oh and an Indian Hindu Temple and several solicitors so I guess it was homeless, drunk, Hindu perverts who charge money by the hour that probably smacked this guy around. Well just look at the evidence of the surrounding buildings, its obvious it must have been them. The facts are that a guy aged 49 was walking his dog miles away from home at stupid o'clock when something happened and he had his head bashed in. The neighbour that heard nine guys fighting didn't call the police because ... well she probably went back to sleep. And at 2am he was found, taken to hospital in Salford (because Bolton hospital must be to crap to deal with it or something.) And the road was shut until it inconvenienced drivers enough that they stopped and talked to reporters about something that they knew nothing about and now we have a cute picture of a dog. If this doesn't win a journalist award or something, well, I'd be surprised, it's an injustice. Note as you post comments there's this little item below the writing area. "Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link" I especially like the section "DO NOT POST ANYTHING THAT IS FALSE" Perhaps the journalists should follow that advice. Snakestail
  • Score: 25

8:22am Sun 27 Jul 14

Lancsgirl says...

Snakestail wrote:
From the earlier reports there was this comment from a bystander taken by the so called reporter

"Andrew Goodram, aged 34, of Chorley Old Road, said: “My neighbour heard about nine lads fighting in the street in the early hours of the morning. "

So, his neighbour didn't actually see nine lads fighting, just heard them, that's pretty accurate hearing to differentiate nine fighting lads.

And a comment was also made that this happened near a homeless shelter. Well, that immediately indicates that it must have been them doesn't it? Or why else put it into the article. It is also near a pub and a closed down sex shop, oh and an Indian Hindu Temple and several solicitors so I guess it was homeless, drunk, Hindu perverts who charge money by the hour that probably smacked this guy around. Well just look at the evidence of the surrounding buildings, its obvious it must have been them.

The facts are that a guy aged 49 was walking his dog miles away from home at stupid o'clock when something happened and he had his head bashed in. The neighbour that heard nine guys fighting didn't call the police because ... well she probably went back to sleep. And at 2am he was found, taken to hospital in Salford (because Bolton hospital must be to crap to deal with it or something.) And the road was shut until it inconvenienced drivers enough that they stopped and talked to reporters about something that they knew nothing about and now we have a cute picture of a dog. If this doesn't win a journalist award or something, well, I'd be surprised, it's an injustice.

Note as you post comments there's this little item below the writing area.

"Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link"

I especially like the section "DO NOT POST ANYTHING THAT IS FALSE" Perhaps the journalists should follow that advice.
This man would have been taken to Salford Royal as they are the specialist centre for bad head injuries.
[quote][p][bold]Snakestail[/bold] wrote: From the earlier reports there was this comment from a bystander taken by the so called reporter "Andrew Goodram, aged 34, of Chorley Old Road, said: “My neighbour heard about nine lads fighting in the street in the early hours of the morning. " So, his neighbour didn't actually see nine lads fighting, just heard them, that's pretty accurate hearing to differentiate nine fighting lads. And a comment was also made that this happened near a homeless shelter. Well, that immediately indicates that it must have been them doesn't it? Or why else put it into the article. It is also near a pub and a closed down sex shop, oh and an Indian Hindu Temple and several solicitors so I guess it was homeless, drunk, Hindu perverts who charge money by the hour that probably smacked this guy around. Well just look at the evidence of the surrounding buildings, its obvious it must have been them. The facts are that a guy aged 49 was walking his dog miles away from home at stupid o'clock when something happened and he had his head bashed in. The neighbour that heard nine guys fighting didn't call the police because ... well she probably went back to sleep. And at 2am he was found, taken to hospital in Salford (because Bolton hospital must be to crap to deal with it or something.) And the road was shut until it inconvenienced drivers enough that they stopped and talked to reporters about something that they knew nothing about and now we have a cute picture of a dog. If this doesn't win a journalist award or something, well, I'd be surprised, it's an injustice. Note as you post comments there's this little item below the writing area. "Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link" I especially like the section "DO NOT POST ANYTHING THAT IS FALSE" Perhaps the journalists should follow that advice.[/p][/quote]This man would have been taken to Salford Royal as they are the specialist centre for bad head injuries. Lancsgirl
  • Score: 12

9:17am Sun 27 Jul 14

vicric87 says...

This has happened a couple of times in wigan in the last couple of months. Same person?
This has happened a couple of times in wigan in the last couple of months. Same person? vicric87
  • Score: -1

10:43am Sun 27 Jul 14

JJKBolton says...

what is this obsession of news reporters taking meaningless pictures of pavements, a few sensible photographs of the surrounding area would be sufficient.

and lets hope the guy who knows someone who heard nine lads can give a more coherent story to the police, sounds to me like attention seeking idle gossip which the reporter shouldn't be giving the time of day to, but then when did a news reporter last compile his own report in his own words?its all cut and paste now .
what is this obsession of news reporters taking meaningless pictures of pavements, a few sensible photographs of the surrounding area would be sufficient. and lets hope the guy who knows someone who heard nine lads can give a more coherent story to the police, sounds to me like attention seeking idle gossip which the reporter shouldn't be giving the time of day to, but then when did a news reporter last compile his own report in his own words?its all cut and paste now . JJKBolton
  • Score: 3

11:00am Sun 27 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

See how the tone has changed on the comments. At first it is the usual Daily Mail thicko readers jumping to conclusions. Then it became more rational. I think the guy provoked someone. Who knows.
See how the tone has changed on the comments. At first it is the usual Daily Mail thicko readers jumping to conclusions. Then it became more rational. I think the guy provoked someone. Who knows. Chrome1
  • Score: 2

11:18am Sun 27 Jul 14

waynagain says...

Time for Dexter?
Time for Dexter? waynagain
  • Score: 5

12:43pm Sun 27 Jul 14

bigbob123 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
There are two sides to every story you know. Just because this rubbish newspaper shows you the picture of a dog doesn't mean the guy is blameless. The BN will spin the story and it will brain wash the uneducated. Until we hear the full story we can't decide. Patterdale terriers are vicious creatures. They have attacked people.
I'm a dog trainer and Patterdales like any other breed of dog are only vicious if you train them to be so perhaps your encounter with these dogs should be blamed at the owner and not the dog that only does as it owner allows it to.
Now if I was attacked by any dog either on or off the lead then my first instincts would be to beat the hell out of the dog till it stops... but thats it.
I wouldn't then proceed to set on the owner because that just means your getting carried away and your enjoying inflicting pain so with that in mind how much more could there actually be to this story?
Wouldn't surprise me if he was attacked for the sake of taking his dog off him to sell on for a few quid because you could easily achieve £200 - £300 for this particular one shown because its quite young still.
People get attacked for their dogs on a regular basis but only a few ever succeed because once you've done the nitty gritty you then need to hope that the dog will allow you to take it and the fact that the dog was still close to the owner shows that it is loyal and probably made the culprits think twice about taking the dog.
Hope this guy comes to soon and is greeted by his faithful friend.
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: There are two sides to every story you know. Just because this rubbish newspaper shows you the picture of a dog doesn't mean the guy is blameless. The BN will spin the story and it will brain wash the uneducated. Until we hear the full story we can't decide. Patterdale terriers are vicious creatures. They have attacked people.[/p][/quote]I'm a dog trainer and Patterdales like any other breed of dog are only vicious if you train them to be so perhaps your encounter with these dogs should be blamed at the owner and not the dog that only does as it owner allows it to. Now if I was attacked by any dog either on or off the lead then my first instincts would be to beat the hell out of the dog till it stops... but thats it. I wouldn't then proceed to set on the owner because that just means your getting carried away and your enjoying inflicting pain so with that in mind how much more could there actually be to this story? Wouldn't surprise me if he was attacked for the sake of taking his dog off him to sell on for a few quid because you could easily achieve £200 - £300 for this particular one shown because its quite young still. People get attacked for their dogs on a regular basis but only a few ever succeed because once you've done the nitty gritty you then need to hope that the dog will allow you to take it and the fact that the dog was still close to the owner shows that it is loyal and probably made the culprits think twice about taking the dog. Hope this guy comes to soon and is greeted by his faithful friend. bigbob123
  • Score: 14

3:39pm Sun 27 Jul 14

underwater says...

OriginalAngryDad wrote:
Do you people commenting even live in Bolton?

He lives in Hunger Hill but was walking his dog at the bottom of Chorley Old Road at two in the morning.

That's not a route or a time that someone would normally choose, DVT or not.

Again, there's more to this one......
Agree.
[quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: Do you people commenting even live in Bolton? He lives in Hunger Hill but was walking his dog at the bottom of Chorley Old Road at two in the morning. That's not a route or a time that someone would normally choose, DVT or not. Again, there's more to this one......[/p][/quote]Agree. underwater
  • Score: -4

6:08pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Lancashire always says...

Chrome1 wrote:
There are two sides to every story you know. Just because this rubbish newspaper shows you the picture of a dog doesn't mean the guy is blameless. The BN will spin the story and it will brain wash the uneducated. Until we hear the full story we can't decide. Patterdale terriers are vicious creatures. They have attacked people.
Really well I hope he got a good few bites in protecting his master I do not condone dogs biting but for protection isn't that what we expect of man`s best friend ?
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: There are two sides to every story you know. Just because this rubbish newspaper shows you the picture of a dog doesn't mean the guy is blameless. The BN will spin the story and it will brain wash the uneducated. Until we hear the full story we can't decide. Patterdale terriers are vicious creatures. They have attacked people.[/p][/quote]Really well I hope he got a good few bites in protecting his master I do not condone dogs biting but for protection isn't that what we expect of man`s best friend ? Lancashire always
  • Score: 14

7:44am Mon 28 Jul 14

Lee3695 says...

Snakestail wrote:
From the earlier reports there was this comment from a bystander taken by the so called reporter "Andrew Goodram, aged 34, of Chorley Old Road, said: “My neighbour heard about nine lads fighting in the street in the early hours of the morning. " So, his neighbour didn't actually see nine lads fighting, just heard them, that's pretty accurate hearing to differentiate nine fighting lads. And a comment was also made that this happened near a homeless shelter. Well, that immediately indicates that it must have been them doesn't it? Or why else put it into the article. It is also near a pub and a closed down sex shop, oh and an Indian Hindu Temple and several solicitors so I guess it was homeless, drunk, Hindu perverts who charge money by the hour that probably smacked this guy around. Well just look at the evidence of the surrounding buildings, its obvious it must have been them. The facts are that a guy aged 49 was walking his dog miles away from home at stupid o'clock when something happened and he had his head bashed in. The neighbour that heard nine guys fighting didn't call the police because ... well she probably went back to sleep. And at 2am he was found, taken to hospital in Salford (because Bolton hospital must be to crap to deal with it or something.) And the road was shut until it inconvenienced drivers enough that they stopped and talked to reporters about something that they knew nothing about and now we have a cute picture of a dog. If this doesn't win a journalist award or something, well, I'd be surprised, it's an injustice. Note as you post comments there's this little item below the writing area. "Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link" I especially like the section "DO NOT POST ANYTHING THAT IS FALSE" Perhaps the journalists should follow that advice.
You seem to have jumped to a few conclusions youself about the alledged witness, passing motorists, the hospital and Bolton News Journalists. The facts are this man has been violently assaulted some distance from home for an unknown reason. I'm sure the Police cordon was inconvenient given the location, but having his smashed in was a great dweal more inconvenient to the victim. personally as inconvenient as it may have been, I wouldn't have minded that much if the cordon allows evidence to be collected that may secure a conviction.
[quote][p][bold]Snakestail[/bold] wrote: From the earlier reports there was this comment from a bystander taken by the so called reporter "Andrew Goodram, aged 34, of Chorley Old Road, said: “My neighbour heard about nine lads fighting in the street in the early hours of the morning. " So, his neighbour didn't actually see nine lads fighting, just heard them, that's pretty accurate hearing to differentiate nine fighting lads. And a comment was also made that this happened near a homeless shelter. Well, that immediately indicates that it must have been them doesn't it? Or why else put it into the article. It is also near a pub and a closed down sex shop, oh and an Indian Hindu Temple and several solicitors so I guess it was homeless, drunk, Hindu perverts who charge money by the hour that probably smacked this guy around. Well just look at the evidence of the surrounding buildings, its obvious it must have been them. The facts are that a guy aged 49 was walking his dog miles away from home at stupid o'clock when something happened and he had his head bashed in. The neighbour that heard nine guys fighting didn't call the police because ... well she probably went back to sleep. And at 2am he was found, taken to hospital in Salford (because Bolton hospital must be to crap to deal with it or something.) And the road was shut until it inconvenienced drivers enough that they stopped and talked to reporters about something that they knew nothing about and now we have a cute picture of a dog. If this doesn't win a journalist award or something, well, I'd be surprised, it's an injustice. Note as you post comments there's this little item below the writing area. "Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link" I especially like the section "DO NOT POST ANYTHING THAT IS FALSE" Perhaps the journalists should follow that advice.[/p][/quote]You seem to have jumped to a few conclusions youself about the alledged witness, passing motorists, the hospital and Bolton News Journalists. The facts are this man has been violently assaulted some distance from home for an unknown reason. I'm sure the Police cordon was inconvenient given the location, but having his smashed in was a great dweal more inconvenient to the victim. personally as inconvenient as it may have been, I wouldn't have minded that much if the cordon allows evidence to be collected that may secure a conviction. Lee3695
  • Score: 7

7:58pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Gill bolton says...

Hope the man makes a full recovery.
Hope the man makes a full recovery. Gill bolton
  • Score: 10

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