13 year old arrested in connection with serious attack on football fan Nick

Nicholas Cruwys. Photo supplied by South Beds News Agency
Nicholas Cruwys. Photo supplied by South Beds News Agency
  • Schoolboy, 13, becomes second teen arrested in connection brutal post-match attack on Nick Cruwys
  • An 18 year old arrested yesterday has been freed on bail until April 8
  • West Midlands detectives say they will leave no stone unturned to track down culprits
  • Watford fan and father of two remains ‘critical but stable’ as family thank well-wishers

A 13-year-old boy has become the second teen to be arrested in connection with the serious assault on Hemel Hempstead football fan Nick Cruwys.

The schoolboy was arrested at an address in Wolverhampton’s East Park just before 5am this morning, and is being questioned about the assault on the Watford supporter following last Saturday’s match at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 44-year-old milkman and father of two is still described as critical but stable in hospital, where he was rushed with severe head injuries after the unprovoked gang attack as he headed home from Molineux Stadium.

An 18-year-old who was also arrested in connection with the assault in the early hours of Wednesday has been released on police bail with conditions to report daily to a police station and banning him from Wolverhampton city centre on match days.

Detectives continue to investigate the brutal attack, and are appealing for more information. 
Det Insp Toni Naylor, from Wolverhampton’s Violent Crime Team, said: “We are pleased with how the investigation is progressing and the arrest of a second suspect is significant.

“But this is not the end of our enquiry, it’s only the beginning. I am now appealing to anyone who was involved in the incident to think about their actions and to do the right thing and contact us or hand themselves in to a local police station.

Nic Cruwys was attacked on his way home from Watford's game at Wolverhampton Waderers'  Molineux stadium

Nic Cruwys was attacked on his way home from Watford's game at Wolverhampton Waderers' Molineux stadium

“We will leave no stone unturned to find the people involved and by coming forward you will be in a position to give your side of the story.

“We are extremely pleased with the amount of information we have received from the people of Wolverhampton and the wider football community from across the country, who having heard about the violence and have taken the step to provide information that could help our investigation.”
The force has also issued an update from Nick’s family. Det Insp Naylor added: “The family of the man assaulted would also like to extend their thanks for the support they have seen as they continue to juggle family commitments whilst their loved one remains in hospital.”

A fund set up in Nick’s name by fellow Hemel Hemsptead resident – 16-year-old Wolves fan and Berkhamsted pupil Ollie Floyd – has so far raised more than £25,000 – click here for more.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call Wolverhampton’s Violent Crime Team on 101.

We will leave no stone unturned to find the people involved and by coming forward you will be in a position to give your side of the story

Det Insp Toni Naylor

Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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> Football fan ‘critically ill’ after gang attack at away match

> Football family rallies around critically ill gang attack victim as more than £7,000 is raised for ‘future football fund’

> Teen who helped raise thousands for football attack victim ‘overwhelmed’ by response

> Campaign to support critical Nick reaches £22,000 as family hope for full recovery

> Teen arrested over assault on football fan is freed on bail