Thursday 01, March 2012
Police name injured student found in ditch
A STUDENT found critically injured in a Fallowfield park has been named by police as Manchester University undergraduate Daniel Whiteley.
The 19-year-old, from Barnsley, was rescued by emergency services from a ditch at the bottom of an embankment in Platt Fields Park shortly before 5:35am on Tuesday.
Police were alerted by a member of the public who found the injured first year English student.
Daniel sustained multiple head and body injuries and required emergency surgery. He currently remains in Salford Royal Hospital in a critical condition.
According to police, the injuries were the result of a serious assault, and detectives are now trying to determine the events leading up to his discovery.
Detective Inspector Terry Crompton, from Longsight CID, and specially trained police officers have been working closely with the Daniel’s family and Manchester University to support his friends.
He said: “A team of detectives remain dedicated to this case, to establish who assaulted Daniel before he was found lying at the bottom of the embankment on Tuesday morning.
“If you were in the Platt Fields Park or surrounding area on Monday night or Tuesday morning and saw or heard anything you think may be linked to this case, then please get in touch with us. We are determined to establish the facts so we can provide Daniel’s family with some much needed answers.
“However insignificant you think your information may be, it could actually be vital to our investigation.”
Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 4245 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
By Natasha Johansson
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