Man attacked at Manchester's Parklife Weekender dies in hospital

Police are hunting 26-year-old Robert Hart's killer

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The man attacked in what police described as a "brutal assault" at last weekend's Parklife festival in Manchester has died in hospital.

The news of 26-year-old Robert Hart's death was confirmed by police, via the Manchester Evening News. It was reported after the event that Hart was attacked after protecting his girlfriend from being hit repeatedly with an inflatable toy while waiting for Snoop Dogg's headline set at the festival on Saturday (June 7).

Off-duty paramedics who were in the audience gave him heart massage at the scene before stewards moved him to a 20-bed medical facility on site. Greater Manchester Police say the man they believe is responsible for the attack is approximately 25 years old, six fee tall, with short, curly, black hair shaved at the sides and have revealed an E-fit image (above right). He was wearing shorts and a blue, bomber-style jacket with the letter ‘A’ in white on the front.

Det Insp Richard Eales: "Our immediate thoughts go out to Robert's family and loved ones. We currently have specially trained officers with them to help through this terrible time. We are still in the early stages of this investigation, however several witnesses have assisted us with vital information concerning the description of the offender."

A statement from Parklife's organisers reads: "Everyone involved in Parklife is devastated by today's deeply sad announcement. Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to Rob's family and friends at this dif?cult time."

"We will continue to assist Greater Manchester Police with its investigation and urge anyone that may have witnessed the incident to contact the Police through any of?cial channel available to them."

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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