A FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched to support the family of a Flintshire aerospace industry worker seriously injured in an incident on Christmas Eve.

Ian Grimes sustained serious head injuries on the A41 Chester Road in Little Sutton, near to the Smithy Lane junction, at 8.20pm on Tuesday, December 24.

The 39-year-old, known as Grimmy, works at Metal Improvement Company based on Chester Road, near Hawarden Airport and Airbus in Broughton.

His friend Danny Ellis, of Hoole, has launched an appeal to support his wife Beth and their children.

Danny said: "He is now recovering in hospital in Liverpool but has a long way to go before he can continue with life as normal."

Danny said that Ian was injured in front of his wife and three young children.

"He is in recovery but it took him a while to start to talk and walk again.

"It is a terrible thing to happen to a family man.

"As you can imagine this has put a massive strain on his family and Christmas has been a very difficult time for them. I've set up this page for anyone who wants to help by making a donation."

"All donations are greatly appreciated.

The appeal has already raised more than £700 of its £3,000 target.

To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/ian-grimes-fundraiser

Meanwhile, a man from Ellesmere Port was arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault.

He has since been released under investigation.

Enquiries are ongoing and police ask anyone with information to contact them on 101, quoting reference IML 596796. Details can be given via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/ or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Detective Inspector Andy Fletcher said: “Enquires are ongoing and I urge anyone with any information about the incident itself or those involved in it to get in touch to assist the investigation.

“The same goes for anyone with any CCTV, mobile phone or dashcam footage that may be relevant to the investigation.”