Man sitting on bench may hold key to assault

Detectives investigating a serious assault in Heath and Reach are making a direct appeal for a potential witness to come forward.

It is believed a man, who was spotted by locals sitting on a bench opposite the Duke’s Head in Leighton Road on Saturday, May 10 between 12noon and 2pm, may have vital information that could help the inquiry.

He is described as white, approximately 5ft 10ins tall with a medium build and in his late 20s to early 30s.

An investigation in to the assault began after the 46- year-old victim was found injured in his Leighton Road flat at 6.30am on Sunday, May 11. The victim remains at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital recovering from his injuries after being found by paramedics.

Det Sgt Steve Facer is keen to speak with the man who was seen sitting on the bench opposite the victim’s flat. He said: “We do not believe this man is from the local area and it is possible that he may have seen or heard something that could help officers piece together the circumstance surrounding this assault. I would reassure him that he can speak with officers, in confidence, and anyone who can help identify this man is also urged to contact the police.”

Officers know the victim left the local Aldi shop at 5.40pm on Saturday, May 10 and are continuing to appeal to anyone with information that may help piece together exactly what happened to him after leaving the shop and being found the following morning to contact them.

Contact Det Sgt Facer at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394066, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.