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5 May 2015, 16:00
Police investigating the assault on Watford fan Nic Cruwys have issued an image of a man they want to speak to about the attack which left the 44-year-old with potentially life changing injuries.
Nic, who is currently awaiting a placement at a specialist rehabilitation unit, received a serious head injury after he was set upon in Wolverhampton by a group of men on 7 March, following a game between Wolves and Watford.
Taken to hospital with life threatening injuries, Nic’s condition has slowly improved but his family say he faces a long road to recovery and could be left with a lasting brain injury.
Now, detectives investigating the assault have released a CCTV image of a man they are keen to trace in connection with what happened.
Eleven teenage men and boys from the West Midlands have already been arrested over the assault and are currently on bail while inquiries continue.
Detective Sergeant Adam Keen said: “Understandably, this assault is having a huge impact on Nic’s wife and children and they are still trying to adjust to life without Nic at home.
“While they remain hopeful he will recover fully from his injuries, there is the possibility he will suffer a lasting brain injury and this longterm uncertainty is obviously extremely worrying for them.
“With this in mind, we’d urge the man in the CCTV image to do the right thing and come forward. I can assure them this matter will not go away. Similarly, if anyone recognises him, please don’t protect him out of some misguided sense of loyalty – we need to know who he is.”
Anyone who knows the identity of the man should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.