A university student who suffered life-threatening injuries after an attack in Aberystwyth has woken from his coma, his family have said.

Ifan Richards Owens, 19, was left in acritical condition following the incident on the town's High Street in the early hours of Sunday, Janaury 14.

His father Gareth Owens has posted on Twitter that the teenager is now breathing unassisted.

County Times: Left to right: Dad Gareth Owens, Ifan Owens and brother Tomi Owens at the Euro 2016 in Bordeaux. Picture provided by family

Dad Gareth Owens with his two sons Ifan Owens (centre) and Tomi Owens

He Tweeted on Sunday: "Amazing, unexpected good news!

"Ifan's been talen off the ventilator and had the breathing tube removed.

"He's poking his tongue out 'on command'.

"Through facial expression and an approving grunt, he chose listening to Tudur Owen on iPlayer rather than Radio 2 last night."

Five men were arrested at the time in connection with the attack.

Two are on police bail and three have been released under investigation.

Police have renewed their appeal for any witnesses to the attack.

They would like to identify and speak to the man who administered first aid on Ifan directly after the assault and to two people who have been seen walking along South Road at 2.30am.

DCI Anthony Evans said: "We are still very keen to identify the man who administered first aid to Mr Owens before paramedics arrived.

"We would really like to speak to him to see if he can help in any way with our investigation.

"Anyone else who has not yet come forward who was in the High Street area between 1.30am and 2.30am and has information or footage of the incident, please get in touch."

Call police on 101, quoting incident number 402 of January 14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.