Man may have information about bootprint attack
DETECTIVES investigating a violent attack on a chef who was left with a bootprint on his face are keen to trace a man seen knocking on nearby doors that morning.
The attack on 20-year-old Anthony Wood has caused outrage across the city after he fell victim to an unprovoked and savage assault at the junction of Chapel Street and Cumberland Road in Devonport at around 3.45am on November 23.
His injuries suggested Anthony, from Southway, had been beaten and then his face stamped on. A photo following the attack shows parallel lines from the boot on his left cheek and eye area.
Police said he had left a friend's flat in George Street, Devonport and walked around 50 yards to the junction to await a taxi.
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His next memory was being in a hospital bed at around 11.30am the same morning.
His mother, Mary, was able to piece together parts of the incident, having received an emotionally distressing "blood curdling" call from her son at around 4am.
Dazed, bloodied and bruised he tried to tell her where he was in the hope she and his father could come to his aid.
Investigators now believe another man was seen near Anthony shortly after the incident, frantically knocking on doors in the area.
Witnesses from a taxi which passed the scene have told police the man was briefly spoken to, but from his responses they believe he may have been trying to summon help.
No description has yet been offered, but it is believed the man may live locally and investigators say they are very keen to hear from this man as he may hold key information about the attack.
Det Con Sarah Rawlinson, lead investigator, said: "Through our inquiries we've learned that this man was seen in the area shortly after the incident. We want to hear from many residents in the area, particularly near the Mystic Pizza takeaway or near the roundabout at that junction, as this man was seen knocking on a number of different doors.
"If any of the residents, or anyone who knows this man, could come forward or call Crimestoppers anonymously, or if the man himself could contact police it would greatly benefit our investigation into this assault."
If you can assist police call them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number ED/12/6564.