Nearly three months on, Police are now in a position to release CCTV images of the men we are looking to find in connection with the incident that left a 29-year-old man fighting for his life outside the Encore Pub in Southampton in the early hours of Saturday 22 July.
The main artery in Robery Holden’s next was severed
The man has been recovering at home after the main artery in his neck was severed. He underwent emergency surgery at the time that luckily saved his life. Due to the severity of the assault, we are treating this as an attempted murder. As we approach the three month anniversary, we want to ask the public to assist us in identifying the men in these CCTV images.
Previously released CCTV footage that showed a group walking down Bedford Place towards Commercial Road and the Encore Pub, 10 minutes before the incident occurs.
Several vehicles pass the incident and occupants of one of the cars get out and help. A couple are captured on CCTV walking along Commercial Road around the time of the incident also. These are still key witnesses and we continue to urge them to get in contact.
Information suggests that after the victim was assaulted, this group of men have made their way over to Harbour Parade and taken a coach from Southampton Coach Station to the North Terminal train station at Gatwick Airport, before boarding a train that travelled through London, Hertfordshire and finally terminated in Bedford.
We can now release images of the men, captured here on CCTV at Gatwick Airport, North Terminal train station.
Detective Constable Marsha Brown said: “We believe these men get off the train in central or north London and we have been carrying out extensive and complex enquiries to trace them. We are now in a position to release these images and ask the public to assist in identifying them.
“We want to hear from anyone who may know these men to come forward and speak with us. They are all quite distinctive and I believe someone knows who they are. If you recognise any of them, get in contact.
“Furthermore, we want to hear from anyone who may have seen this group on the coach to Gatwick or on a train in the early hours of Saturday 22 July. Please get in touch.”
If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference ‘44170281379’, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.