Arrest over attack on musician

A man is in custody

Police have arrested a man in connection with a street attack which left a promising musician in intensive care.

Billy Leeson, the 19-year old frontman of Les Incompetents, was involved in an argument on the Number 29 bus in Camden, north London on June 22. After leaving the bus, Leeson was apparently followed and then punched, causing him to strike his head on the pavement as he fell.

The singer underwent a successful five-hour operation on June 29 to decrease pressure on his brain. He is still unconscious, but his condition is now described as stable.


A man walked into a London police station to talk to officers about the incident, and was subsequently arrested. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man was in custody, and police made an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

DS Sean Smyth from Islington CID said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault in Camden Road, near Brecknock Road, to come forward. Witnesses reported having seen the suspect laughing as he headed north towards the Holloway Road after the attack.”

Passengers on the Number 29 bus just before 23.00 on June 22 have also been asked to come forward.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact the CID at Islington on 020 7421 0350 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.