Police have released CCTV images taken from Newport Pagnell services on the M1 after a vicious attack resulted in a staff member being beaten unconscious.
Thames Valley Police is releasing the images of people it would like to speak to in connection with the incident involving football fans.
At around 9.10pm on Sunday, April 13, around 200 Hull City and Sheffield United FC fans were at the Welcome Break on M1 Motorway, northbound between junctions 14 and 15, following a FA Cup semi final between the two clubs at Wembley Stadium in London earlier that afternoon.
A plain clothes store detective who worked at the service station, witnessed two men stealing alcohol from the Waitrose shop inside the services. He then followed the offenders to the footpath directly next to the entrance of the services where he asked one of them to stop.
The victim was then hit on the back of his head, lost consciousness and fell to the ground. While on the ground he was kicked several times, including several kicks and punches to his head.
Investigating officer, PC Jonathan Moss said: “This was a violent attack on the victim, who is, now, thankfully recovering. However the injuries sustained from being kicked in the head repeatedly could have been life changing or even resulted in a fatality.
“At the time of the incident the service station was extremely busy with fans of both Hull City and Sheffield United, and I believe that several members of the public would have witnessed this incident. I would encourage any witnesses or anyone who can identify the men in the images to contact me, to assist with my investigation”.
If you have any information about this incident or recognise anyone in these images then please contact PC Moss via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.