UPDATED: Teen arrested over assault on football fan is freed on bail

  • 18 year old arrested after 4am raid on home in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton
  • Teen suspected of ‘wounding’ following post-match attack on Nick Cruwys of Hemel Hempstead
  • Detectives appeal for anyone involved to ‘do the right thing’ and come forward

An 18 year old arrested in connection with the serious attack on a football fan from Hemel Hempstead has been released on police bail.

Detectives from West Midlands Police arrested the teenager in the early hours of Wednesday on suspicion of wounding, after Watford supporter Nick Cruwys was assaulted by a gang following the Wolverhampton Wanderers fixture on Saturday.
The suspect was arrested from a house in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, at around 4am.

The teen has now been bailed until April 8, pending further inquiries.

Police confirmed that 44 year old milkman and father of two Nick remains in a critical but stable condition after suffering severe head injuries in the unprovoked mob attack.

Officers from the West Midlands force are appealing for more information as their enquiries continue.

Det Insp Toni Naylor, from Wolverhampton’s Violent Crime Team, said: “We would like to thank the people of Wolverhampton and the wider footballing community from across the country who have already come to us with information.

Nicholas Cruwys. Photo supplied by South Beds News Agency

Nicholas Cruwys. Photo supplied by South Beds News Agency

“But I would urge anyone else who can help the investigation to contact us as soon as possible.

“This arrest is only the start of our investigation and I would also appeal to anyone who was involved in this incident to do the right thing and come forward.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Wolverhampton’s Violent Crime Team on 101. 
Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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