Police plea to rugby fans over Halifax supporter attack

David Singer
Image caption David Singer is critically ill in a coma in hospital

Detectives hunting the attacker of a Halifax rugby league supporter left in a coma have made a plea to fans for information.

David Singer, 32, from Halifax, suffered serious head injuries when he was set upon outside Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on 26 September.

Mr Singer had been in Warrington to watch his team play Featherstone Rovers in the Championship Grand Final.

Cheshire Police said other fans at the game could hold vital information.

Ambulance technician Mr Singer had travelled with his parents and friends to watch the game and was returning to his coach in the car park when he was attacked.

He has been critically ill in a coma since the attack.

Inquiries have suggested the attackers were wearing Featherstone colours and targeting Halifax fans as they moved back to the car park.

Officers believe there may be other Halifax supporters who were subjected to abuse or violence before Mr Singer was attacked and have urged them to come forward.

Speaking at a press conference earlier Det Insp Stephen Jones said: "We believe people responsible for this attack boarded a coach heading back to Featherstone.

"For those Featherstone supporters who left the match on a coach, we would ask you to consider your journey home and the behaviour of those you travelled with.

"If anyone was behaving unusually, or perhaps even boasting of assaulting a Halifax supporter, I would like to hear from you."

Andy Prout, Featherstone Rovers chief executive, said the attack had deeply saddened the club and community.

"Behaviour of this type is just not acceptable.

"I am sure there are people out there in the local community that know something more than what we're finding out... the nature of the beast is that they will be bragging about it and I think we need to prey on peoples' consciences and do the right thing."

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