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Cannock attack: witnesses come forward

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

By Alison Thomas

Cannock attack: witnesses come forward

Cannock attack on Josh Morgan - witnesses come forward

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Two potential witnesses to a serious assault in Cannock which left a young man in a critical condition have now come forward after a police appeal yesterday, Thursday.

One of them recognised the description of herself in media coverage yesterday and contacted detectives.

Josh Morgan, 20, who is from the Cannock area, was in the Backcroft area at the rear of Poundland, near to the Bank public house and Missoula, at around 2.05am on Sunday March 9 when he was assaulted.

The two women were seen in the Market Square area shortly earlier, and may have seen Josh's attackers.

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Josh remains in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in a critical condition.

Two Cannock men have been charged with section 18 assault - grievous bodily harm and have been remanded on bail to appear at Stafford Crown Court at a later date.

DS Adrian Webb, investigating officer, thanked everyone who had responded to the appeal and added: "We are also keen to hear from anyone else who was in Cannock town centre on Saturday night leading into Sunday morning on March 8 to 9.

"Were you in market Square between 1.50am and 2am? Can you recall seeing Josh that night? He is mixed race with a distinctive afro style hair cut, which was worn pulled back and was wearing a black leather jacket. Please get in touch if you saw him."

Meanwhile Josh's mother, Mrs Clare Simpson, has spoken of her pain at her son's ordeal. "I cannot begin to explain how much I miss my beautiful son, although we are by Joshy's side every day," she said.

A month has passed without me hearing his voice and at this moment no one can tell me if I will ever be able to hear his voice again.

"The pain & the hurt is unbearable and no family or friend should ever feel hurt like this. We are so proud of his strength. We are so proud that he is our son. He is loved so much by us all."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 111 of March 9. Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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