Man suffered serious injuries during assault after thousands thronged Sheffield park

A 20-year-old man remains in hospital for serious head injuries following an assault as large crowds converged in Endcliffe Park to enjoy the hot weather last month.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 8:04 am

South Yorkshire Police said the officers were called to the park at 8.45pm after the man collapsed near the Rustlings Road/Ecclesall Road entrance on March 31.

The man is believed to have been assaulted inside the park shortly before he collapsed.

The police said he had suffered a serious head injury and remains in hospital recovering following surgery.

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Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, on the hottest day of the year so far (pic Dragos Ionescu)

Now the force are asking witnesses or those with information to come forward to assist in their enquiries.

Detective Constable Lee Freeman, investigating, said: “We know there were large numbers of people in the park that night, and I am asking for anyone who saw what happened, or has any information as to how the man came by his injuries, to come forward.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone with mobile phone footage or CCTV which may have captured the incident to call us.

“Information can be passed through 101 quoting incident number 1022 of 31 March.”

Thousands of sun-seekers spent the day in the green space after Covid rules were relaxed.

But concerns were raised after a number of people seen breaching the regulations, with many groups drinking and socialising.

A huge clean-up operation was mounted after the park was covered in litter, with empty beer bottles, cans and takeaway wrapping strewn across the grass.

A number of incidents were also reported, including rape, violence, fires and vandalism to a war memorial after the crowds gathered on the hottest day of the year.

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