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Solihull father critically injured after Christmas party

Solihull Editorial 10th Dec, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A SOLIHULL father has been critcally injured while enjoying his work Christmas party.

Dave Baker suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain following the attack in the middle of the road outside O Bar in Broad Street, Birmingham, at around 3am on Sunday, December 6.

The 52-year-old was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition this morning (December 8).

Four men who were arrested in connection with the incident – three aged 29 and one aged 26 ? have all since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Appealing for witnesses to come forward, Mr Baker’s 22-year-old son Matt, said: “My dad was just enjoying a Christmas do with his mates.

“It should have been a good night out but has ended with him in hospital with a bleed on the brain.

“I want whoever who did this to him to be found and brought to justice as soon as possible. The police need more witnesses, so I’m appealing for anyone who was there to please call them and tell them what you saw.”

Echoing Matt’s calls, PC Ian Leech from Force CID’s Violent Crime team, said the investigation is on-going and urged anyone who was in the area to come forward.

He added: “We know Broad Street would have been busy at this time on a Sunday morning and we need anyone who saw this assault to come forward immediately.

“My team is scouring CCTV to look for clues and we would ask anyone who can help our investigation to get in touch.

“We’re particularly keen to speak to any taxi drivers or door staff that may have seen what happened.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Leech on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.