Widnes man charged in connection with Parklife assaults

Runcorn and Widnes World: Widnes man charged in connection with Parklife assaults Widnes man charged in connection with Parklife assaults

A WIDNES man has been charged by police following two attacks on festival goers in Manchester.

Detectives investigating the death of Robert Hart at the Parklife Weekender Festival on Saturday, June 7 have charged Leon Wong in connection with unrelated assaults at the event.

The 31-year-old, of Elstree Court, Widnes, is charged with section 18 assault (causing grievous bodily harm with intent) affray and causing actual bodily harm (ABH).

He is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court tomorrow, Tuesday, June 24.

The S18 charge relates to an assault on a man who was kicked in the head during the festival and the ABH offence relates to another man who was punched in the face.

Det Insp Richard Eales said: “We received some information about Robert Hart’s death that led to this arrest, however the charges in no way relate to the attack on Robert and we now do not believe there to be any link between Robert and the man charged.

“It is important the judicial process is allowed to run its course and the case heard unprejudiced in a court of law and I would urge people not to speculate or pass comment about this incident, especially on social media.

“I want to reassure the public, who have been hugely supportive and helpful with this investigation that our search for Robert’s attacker continues and our resolve to see him brought to justice remains as strong as ever.

“I also want to remind people that the organisers of Parklife are offering a £20k reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible so please if you know who attacked Robert or have information that can help, get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact the incident room direct on 0161 85 69283 or email the incident room on mit.syndicate8@gmp.police.uk with any relevant footage.

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