Leeds stair plunge witness sought

Detectives proving an incident which left a nightclub partygoer with severe head injuries today issued pictures of a man they believe could be an innocent witness.

Officers have appealed for the man pictured or anyone who has knowledge of him to come forward following the discovery of the badly injured guest at the foot of stairs outside the Oracle club in Brewery Place, Brewery Wharfe, Leeds, in the early hours of Sunday, December 19.

The 28-year-old injured man from Leicester, who was visiting the city with a group of friends for a birthday celebration, was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where initially his condition gave rise to concern and relatives travelled to be at his bedside.

He was subsequently released from hospital and is now recovering at his home.

It is thought that the incident which led to the man suffering his injuries may have been linked to an earlier disturbance within the premises.

A 42-year-old Leeds man and a 33-year-old Bradford man were arrested at the time on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident.

They are still on bail pending further police inquiries.

City and Holbeck CID today released images of the man who is thought to have witnessed the events which led to the man suffering his injuries.

Detectives said he is not suspected of being involved in the circumstances surrounding the incident in any way.

He is described as black, around 5ft 10in tall, and between 20 and 30 years of age.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information which can identify the man, or who witnessed the incident at the time, is asked to contact Det Con Richard Hulme at City and Holbeck CID via 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on 0800 555 111.

The injured man and other birthday celebration guests had been staying at a hotel in the city centre and had arrived at Oracle at about 11.30pm on the Saturday.

He was found unconscious at the foot of two flights of stairs – each with ten treads divided by a U-turn landing – close to the entrance to the club.

Police forensic experts and scenes of crime officers carried out a detailed examination of the area and interviewed a number of people who

were inside the club that night.

At the time Det Insp Paul Smith stressed that he knew there were lots of people at the top of the stairs and possibly others at the bottom when the man suffered his injuries whom had yet to come forward.