HULL City and Sheffield United fans are being urged to come forward as witnesses after a store detective at a motorway service station was violently attacked on the day of their FA Cup Semi Final.
The attack on the plain clothes store detective at Newport Pagnell Services between junctions 14 and 15 of the M1 took place at 9.10pm on Sunday April 13, after the two sides had met at Wembley.
Thames Valley Police, who have released a CCTV image of people officers would like to speak to in connection with the attack, say some 200 Hull City and Sheffield United fans were at the Welcome Break at the time.
The store detective, who worked at the service station, witnessed two men stealing alcohol from the Waitrose shop inside the services.
He then followed the offenders to the footpath directly next to the entrance of the services where he asked one of them to stop.
The victim was then hit on the back of his head, lost consciousness and fell to the ground. While on the ground he was kicked several times, including several kicks and punches to his head.
Investigating officer, Pc Jonathan Moss, said: “This was a violent attack on the victim, who is, now, thankfully recovering.
“However, the injuries sustained from being kicked in the head repeatedly could have been life changing or even resulted in a fatality.
“At the time of the incident the service station was extremely busy with fans of both Hull City and Sheffield United, and I believe that several members of the public would have witnessed this incident.
“I would encourage any witnesses or anyone who can identify the men in the images to contact me, to assist with my investigation.”
If you have any information about this incident or recognise anyone in these images then please contact PC Moss, via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.