Pub staff speak of shock over Bath mortgage adviser Paul Keightley's injuries
Staff at the pub where Bath mortgage adviser Paul Keightley had been drinking before being found with serious head injuries have spoken of their shock.
Mystery still surrounds how the 38-year-old came by injuries that have left him fighting for his life after a night out in the city.
Police say they still do not know how maths graduate and keen bridge player Mr Keightley sustained the injuries which have left him in a critical condition at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.
The University of Bath graduate was discovered nearly four hours after leaving the Green Park Tavern pub, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
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He was found at around 3.50am in Westmoreland Station Road, close to the Jewsons builders merchants.
Mr Keightley had been last seen at 11.55pm on Friday night as he left the pub in Lower Bristol Road.
A statement from the pub said: “On behalf of all the staff and our regulars, we are shocked and upset at what's happened. Paul is one of our friends and we are all very concerned about him. We, like everyone else, hope that anyone with information will come forward. Paul has our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.”
Mr Keightley, who graduated from the Claverton Down campus in 1996, had recently moved to the Larkhall area of the city having previously lived in Oldfield Park.
Colleagues at London and Country Mortgages, whose offices are on Lower Bristol Road, where Mr Keightley works as a mortgage adviser, were said to be in a state of shock.
Director Patrick Bunton said staff were sending their best wishes to their work colleague.
He said: “We are all quite shocked by what’s happened and wishing Paul a fast and speedy and full recovery.
“All of our best wishes and thoughts are with Paul and his family.”
Mr Keightley is believed to have appeared on the television quiz show Countdown in 1997 and is an active member of the Bath Bridge Club.
Trevor Purches, chairman of the club, which meets at Bath City Football Club, said: “He plays with us frequently. He is a very good county standard player and has represented both club and county in competitions.
“We found out about the incident when one of our members was looking through the Chronicle's website and news has circulated around core members and his playing partners.
“We have made contact with the hospital and are receiving updates from a family contact. We are very concerned about him and wish him a full recovery.”
A spokesman for Bath police said officers were still trying to work out whether he was the victim of an attack or had an accident, and were keen to fill the missing few hours.
The police sealed off the Bath Trade Park and a stretch of Westmoreland Station Road at the weekend.
They have conducted house to house enquiries in the Oldfield Park area - including searching gardens - and have been looking at CCTV footage.
Anyone with any information or who saw Mr Keightley after he left the pub is asked to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.