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Cannock mum's witness plea after son critically injured

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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Staffordshire police have issued a new appeal for witnesses to an attack which has left a young man in a critical condition in hospital for over a month.

And the mother of the 20-year-old seriously injured in an assault in Cannock has spoken of her pain as detectives renew their appeal for help in tracing two women seen in the area at the time of the attack.

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.

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

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Since the incident detectives have arrested and charged two men.

Alistair Douglas, 24, of Longford Road, Cannock, and James Robb, 21, of Langdale Green, Cannock, have been charged with section 18 assault - grievous bodily harm and appeared before magistrates at Cannock on Wednesday 12 March. Both have been remanded on bail to appear at Stafford Crown Court at a later date.

Josh's mother, Mrs Clare Simpson, said: "I can not begin to explain how much I miss my beautiful son, although we are by Joshy's side everyday.

"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."

DS Adrian Webb, investigating officer, said: "The initial stages of the investigation are complete and two men are set to appear at Crown Court in the near future.

"However, our hunt for two women who are believed to have interacted with the suspects continues. They were standing by the Mr Sizzle van in Market Square at around 1.50am. They were both white women, one wore black leggings or tight fitting trousers and a black top and the other wore a tight fitting bright orange dress above the knee and black stilettos - was this you?

"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."

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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