June 9, 2014 11:38

Man critically ill in hospital following 'brutal assault' at Manchester's Parklife Weekender

Police are looking for 6ft tall man with short, curly, black hair shaved at the sides in relation to incident

Man critically ill in hospital following 'brutal assault' at Manchester's Parklife Weekender

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A man is critically ill in hospital after being the victim of what police have described as a "brutal assault" at Parklife Weekender in Manchester on Saturday (June 7).

The man was knocked unconscious in front of the Main Stage of the festival at around 9:15pm, reports BBC News. He is currently recovering at Salford Royal Hospital.

Greater Manchester Police said the man they believe is responsible for the attack is approximately 25 years old, 6ft tall, with short, curly, black hair shaved at the sides. Police also want to speak to two people who helped the man, believed to be off-duty medical staff.

Det Insp Mark Tootill said: "We believe that the victim may have been treated soon after the attack by two off-duty medical staff, who administered CPR before he was taken to the medical tent by security. We are extremely keen to speak to those two people, or anyone else who believe they may have seen the attack take place."

A spokesperson for the Parklife organisers said: "We pride ourselves on a history of Parklife Weekender without any incidents. We regret that an isolated incident has taken place at this year's event, however medics were on the scene within minutes of it taking place.

"We will update as soon as we can and we are in constant contact with the medical services and police to help as much as possible. We urge festival goers to help the police identify the individual involved in the incident and contact them if they have any information at all."

In a separate incident, two men were stabbed at the same festival, also on Saturday (June 7). Reports suggest the men were wounded 'during a brawl' at the festival in the city's Heaton Park. One of the men was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary with serious but non-life threatening injuries whilst the other was treated on site. Two men were arrested after police were called to the site at around 7.30pm.

The first day of Parklife Weekender (June 7) saw performances from Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky and Rudimental while Sunday (June 8) brought a headline set from Foals as well as performances from Jamie xx, Warpaint and Disclosure.

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