A man is in hospital after being attacked whilst allegedly trying to break into a van.
Just after 4am police were called to a reported robbery on Te Atatu Rd, Auckland. A person returned to their vehicle to find two men trying to break into it.
A fight ensued - one of the alleged thieves escaped in a vehicle, the other sustaining a serious head injury. The latter was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
The owner of the van was hospitalised too but has now been released.
Police would like to speak to the person who left the scene, as well as anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area.
Anyone with information is advised to contact the Waitemata Crime Squad on (09) 839 0697 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.