Manhunt after British soldier in uniform suffers fractured skull in brutal street attack

Detectives have launched a manhunt after a soldier in formal mess uniform suffered a fractured skull in an attack in central London.

By Ben Green
Thursday, 01 August, 2019, 08:50
CCTV image dated issued by the Metropolitan Police of a man they wish to identify after a 28-year-old soldier, dressed in his mess uniform, was attacked. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

The soldier, 28, was also left with injuries to his face, a fractured cheekbone and eye sockets and a broken nose, the Metropolitan Police said in an appeal launched on Thursday.

He required extensive surgery following the attack close to Piccadilly Circus.

The force released a CCTV still of a man they are trying to trace after the attack at 3.20am on Thursday January 31 on Haymarket, at the junction with Coventry Street.

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In the picture he is bearded with short, dark hair and appears to be wearing a black sweater and blue jeans or trousers.

Anyone who recognises the man should call Westminster CID on 101, quoting Cad 675/31Jan, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

By Lewis Pennock, PA