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Appeal to find man who took burns victim to hospital

CCTV of the man police want to speak to. Photo: West Midlands Police
Image caption The footage shows the bare-chested man who gave the name Ciprian Baciu

Police are trying to trace a man who is thought to have dropped off a burns victim at hospital in Birmingham.

The injured man is a metal theft suspect who suffered burns to 60% of his body. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they believe drove the patient to Birmingham's City Hospital.

The footage shows the bare-chested man, who gave the name Ciprian Baciu, at the hospital on 12 November.

It is understood the man disappeared when the patient was transferred to a specialist unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Police are keen to trace the man in the hope he can shed light on how the man suffered such extensive injuries.

Det Sgt Carl Russell said: "We need to speak to this man regarding how he came into contact with the burns victim and to assist our enquiry.

"He arrived and left in a black Ford Focus which he drove off along Dudley Road towards Smethwick; this car has since been seized by officers.

'Extensive burns'

"I would urge him to come forward as he may be able to help us learn more about the patient and enable us to contact his friends and family."

A police spokesman said the injured man, whose burns are consistent with coming into contact with electricity, arrived in hospital at about 02:20 GMT just before power supply interruptions were reported in the Oldbury area.

An electricity substation in Granada Industrial Estate was later found badly damaged and stripped of copper wire.

Mr Russell added: "The man, who we believe is of eastern European origin, is still in a very bad condition. He suffered extensive burns from his ankles up to his scalp.

"Substations have huge voltages running through them and anyone tampering with them or trying to steal metal is putting their life on the line."

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