A man and woman were battered with baseball in Salford in the early hours of the morning Getty

Greater Manchester Police has arrested a man on suspicion of battering a man and woman to a pulp with a baseball bat in Salford. Another person was seriously injured in the attack, which happened in the early hours on 18 January.

When officers arrived, they found a 36-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman with serious head injuries. They were taken to hospital where they remain in a critical condition. The beating took place in front of witnesses at Barff Road in Salford and police believe the couple were targeted.

A 30-year-old woman was also taken to hospital for treatment for a broken hand. A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of section 18 assault. He remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective inspector Ben Hart, from GMP's Salford division, described the incident as a "very violent attack". He said: "This is clearly a very serious incident. We do not believe at this stage that it was a random attack, but a full investigation is ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of what took place."

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Pendleton police station on 0161 856 5360. Alternatively, information can be passed to police anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.