Police deal with 'isolated' but serious incidents at Parklife Weekender

Police appeal for information after two horrific attacks

Photographer: Shirlaine ForrestVirtual Festivals on 09 June 2014

*** Updated Wednesday June 11, 11:34 ***

Yesterday a photograph of a suspect attacking another man at Parklife Weekender in Heaton Park emerged online, showing the full ugliness of the attack as two girls try to help the victim.

The image has been forwarded to Greater Manchester Police, who confirmed it is one of several cases they are investigating.

In what is believed to be an unrelated attack, a 26-year-old remains critically ill in hospital after being knocked unconscious as he stepped in to help his partner ahead of Snoop Dogg's headline set on Saturday night.

Off-duty paramedics who happened to be in the audience gave the man heart-massage at the scene before stewards moved him to a 20-bed medical facility on site, from here he was rushed to North Manchester General Hospital. He has been moved to Hope Hospital where he remains in a critical condition as doctors treat a bleed to his brain.

In another unrelated incident, Daniel Welch, a 19-year-old from Manchester, is recovering after suffering severe injuries to his neck and arm from a knife attack by a gang of men of Parklife Weekender. His older brother, Craig, 22, was also attacked by a member of the gang, who smashed a litre bottle of vodka over his head. The brothers told Manchester Evening News that they had been attacked for refusing to buy drugs.

Greater Manchester Police said two men were arrested in connection with the attack but have been released without charge. They were later cautioned for drug offences.

Anyone with any information relating to the above incidents is asked to call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Chief Inspector Gary Simpson of Greater Manchester Police said: "His family are clearly distraught. His girlfriend and parents have been with him at the hospital throughout and that’s where out thoughts are. Hopefully, he will be making a recovery but he’s still in a serious critical condition."

Police are hunting a mixed race man who is 6ft tall and aged about 25. He is ‘muscular’ and has short curly black hair which is shaved at the sides.

Chief Inspector Gary Simpson informed press: "There have been a few isolated incidents at Parklife Weekender Festival which we believe have involved a weapon and have caused to injuries to five men.

"As a result, GMP have instigated an investigation which has resulted in two men being arrested at the venue."

Nearly 67,000 revellers attended each day of the two day festival in Heaton Park and there were a total of 29 arrests made around site. Police noted arrests for stealing wristbands, assault, fraud and for breach of the peace.

In addition there were three drugs arrests - two for dealing and one for possession.

Foals and Snoop Dogg headlined the two day event and, despite muddy scenes, the overall feedback has been positive with record crowds enjoying music from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Disclosure and Rudimental.

Click here to read our Parklife Weekender festival review.


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