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Manchester police reappeal for help with 2014 Parklife murder ahead of this year's event

Robert Hart was killed at last year's festival

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Police are appealing for help in finding the killer of a man one year on from the incident at Parklife festival in Manchester.

26 year-old Robert Hart died in hospital in June 2014 after what police described as a "brutal assault" at the festival. It was reported that he 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.

Officers from Greater Manchester police are reported to have investigated 227 people who were named by witnesses at the festival, but have eliminated every name from their enquiries. With this year's festival set to take place at Heaton Park this weekend (June 6-7), the police have again reached out to any potential witnesses who may have information or pictures relating to the identity of the killer.

"Robert’s attacker is on one of those photos somewhere, but we still need the public’s help to find him and bring some peace to the loved ones he has left behind," DS Phil Reade told The Guardian.

"We have been within a few feet of having seeing this man in a picture and being able to identify him, but unfortunately the shot we need has eluded us," Reade added. "That is why this push for anyone who was at Parklife last year to send in any footage or pictures they may have of the event is so important. Robert’s attacker is on one of those photos somewhere, but we still need the public’s help to find him and bring some peace to the loved ones he has left behind."

Sacha Lord-Marchionne, who runs Parklife, is working with GMP and also urged anyone who was at the festival in 2014 to come forward. She said: "We urge customers prior to the festival, to re-look through last year’s images/videos and send anything of interest to GMP."

The victim’s mother, Elaine, says it is wrong for Parklife to go ahead while her son's killer is free. She said: "I think it should have been stopped, but it obviously hasn’t, so let’s hope and pray that no one else gets killed."

Anyone with information or pictures can contact GMP on helpbobby@gmp.police.uk. A £23,000 reward for information leading to the conviction offered by the Parklife organisers and Crimestoppers remains available.

Disclosure, Rudimental, Ben Howard, George Ezra, Mark Ronson, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and James Blake will alll perform at Parklife 2015.

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