June 18, 2014 16:26
Parklife Festival organisers offer £20,000 reward for information on Robert Hart killer
Organisers say they "will not stop" until person responsible for 26 year-old's death is caught
26 year old Robert Hart died in hospital after what police described as a "brutal assault" at the festival on June 7. It was reported 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.
A post on the official Parklife Weekender Facebook page today (June 18) makes clear the financial reward available to anybody with information on the attack, with organisers stating that they "will not stop until the offender is caught."
The statement reads: "Tomorrow marks a week since the sad passing of Robert Hart and our thoughts continue to be with his family who have been going through unthinkable pain since then."
It then continues: "From the start we believed that, out of the 70,000 people at the festival, there must have been one person who knows who was responsible for this cowardly act. After careful consultation with GMP, who have in turn been in extremely close communication with the family, we are now able to offer £20,000 for information which leads the authorities to identifying the attacker and convicting him for the crime."
"The response from the public in support of the family has been overwhelming so far. Please, if you have any information that can help, please call on 0161 856 9283"
Greater Manchester Police say the man they believe is responsible for the attack is approximately 25 years old, six feet tall, with short, curly, black hair shaved at the sides and have revealed an E-fit image, pictured right. He was wearing shorts and a blue, bomber-style jacket with the letter 'A' in white on the front.
A statement from Parklife's organisers given to NME immediately after the event read: "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 difficult 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 official channel available to them."
In a separate incident, two men were stabbed at the same festival, also on 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.
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