Police investigating a violent attack upon a Hemel football fan have launched a fresh bid to find the final ‘missing piece’ in their investigation.
Watford fan Nic Cruwys, 44, was left with potentially life-changing injuries when he was assaulted on March 7 after travelling to watch his team take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.
On his way back to the railway station after the match the father-of-two was set upon by a group of men and received serious head injuries.
Since the attack officers have made numerous appeals, and have arrested 12 teenage men and boys from the West Midlands in connection with the attack.
But one suspect − thought to be from the Telford area − remains unidentified and officers are making a final plea for someone to come forward with his name.
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.”
Mr Cruwys’s condition was initially descrbied as critical and saw him treated in intensive care.
Football fans have rallied to support him, with 16-year-old Wolves supporter Ollie Floyd, from Hemel Hempstead, raising £39,000 with an online appeal at http://www.gofundme.com/o8itrk
He added: “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.
“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.
Those arrested in connection with the attack are currently on police bail, pending further inquiries.