A MAN rushed to hospital with head and leg injuries is believed to be in a stable condition after an assault.

The victim, a 50-year-old man, was approached outside The Plough Inn public house on School Road, Tilehurst at around 11.20pm on Saturday.

A verbal altercation took place near the bus stop and the man was then assaulted.

He was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. He was treated for a leg and head injury.

Investigating officers believe the offender is a white man, around 25-years-old, 6ft 3ins tall of slim build.

Maggie Bruce of Force CID in Reading, said: "We are appealing for any witnesses to this assault.

"The area was pretty busy at the time due to the pubs closing, so we think a number of people will have seen or heard what happened."

"We would especially like to talk to a second man who seemed to have stopped the assault, as he might have important information."

"If anyone has dash-cam footage from the area at the time, we would really like to be able to see this as part of our investigation."

"Please contact 101 and quote '43180206627' or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."