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Suspect sought in fan attack case

Published 07/07/2015

CCTV still of a man police wish to trace in connection with a street attack which left football fan Nic Cruwys with life-threatening injuries
CCTV still of a man police wish to trace in connection with a street attack which left football fan Nic Cruwys with life-threatening injuries
Nic Cruwys received serious injuries in the assault

Detectives investigating a street attack which left a football fan with life-threatening injuries have appealed for help to trace a final suspect.

Officers investigating the assault on Watford supporter Nic Cruwys have released a CCTV image of a man thought to be from the Telford area of Shropshire.

A total of 12 men and youths from the West Midlands have previously been arrested and bailed in connection with the attack on Mr Cruwys.

The 44-year-old, from Hemel Hempstead, suffered a serious head injury on March 7 in Wolverhampton after a Championship fixture between Wolves and Watford.

Commenting on Mr Cruwys' recovery, Detective Sergeant Adam Keen said: "Four months on from the attack and Nic is now entering a long term period of therapy and rehabilitation.

"While his condition has improved since the day of the assault, the consequences of that day are still having a huge impact on his daily life and his wife and children.

"They remain hopeful that in time he will recover as fully as possible, however the long term uncertainty remains around a lasting brain injury.

"The family continue to receive messages of support and best wishes and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their concern and continued support but would also ask that people respect their request for privacy during this time so they can concentrate on helping Nic on his road to recovery."

The investigating officer added: "It's really important we get justice for Nic and his family and although we have made huge steps forward in our investigation, we still need that one piece of information to help us identify our remaining suspect and I would urge anyone who knows him to contact us."

Anyone who knows the identity of the man should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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