The search for Robert Hart’s killer has taken a new turn as police appeal for 12 witnesses to come forward to help them with their enquiries.
Robert, 26, died on Wednesday June 11, five days after the assault at the Parklife Weekender music festival which left him with a bleed on the brain.
Despite an overwhelming public outcry nationwide, police need more evidence and have released images identifying 12 people who may have witnessed the attack and reveal vital clues in the search.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Richard Eales said: “We are keen to talk to the 12 people identified in the pictures as potential witnesses to the attack.
“We would like to stress that they are not in any trouble whatsoever, but we believe they could unknowingly have mobile phone footage or pictures which could be crucial to the investigation.”
The witnesses have been identified from pictures taken in and around the area to the right of the festival’s main stage, close to where Robert was attacked at around 9.15pm on Saturday June 8.
GMP has also released images of Robert and Gemma at the festival, in the hope of jogging the memories of those people who may have witnessed the attack.
Independent charity Crimestoppers also announced they will be adding £3,000 to the existing reward of £20,000 that has been offered by Parklife’s organisers in a bid to secure a successful conviction of the man responsible.
The man suspected of the attack is described as mixed race, aged in his mid-20s and standing around 6ft 1in tall. He has a muscular build and short, dark hair which was shaved at the sides.
He is described as wearing a dark coloured, waist-length jacket and dark coloured shorts.
It is believed he was in the company of a woman described as white, around 20-23 years old and standing around 5ft 7in tall who was wearing a pink top with a dark jacket over the top.
Detective Inspector Eales said: “While we have already received hundreds of images, we still need more.
“If you were to the right of the main stage between 9pm and 9:45pm, in the area highlighted on the attached picture, then we would like you to get in touch.”
Anyone with information can contact the incident room direct on 0161 85 69283 or email the incident room on [email protected] with any relevant footage.
Alternatively you can call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.