Police launch search after serious assault at Baroness gig in Leeds

Police in Yorkshire have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a serious assault at a Baroness gig in Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police say a 25-year-old man was the victim of an attack during the band’s show at Leeds Stylus on February 26. The victim was hit in the face after he asked a man who had been deliberately bumping into people on the dancefloor to leave him alone.

He was treated at hospital and found to have suffered a fractured eye socket, for which he needed two have metal plates surgically fitted.

The low quality image of the suspect can be viewed at the police force’s website.

PC Marc Guibert, of Leeds District CID, says: “The victim received very serious injuries and we urgently need to identify the man shown in the CCTV image.

“He was described as white, about 6ft 2ins to 6ft 4ins tall, medium build, with a shaved head. He was aged in his mid-20s to mid-30s and was wearing a checked shirt.

“Clearly the CCTV image is low quality but we hope that along with the description and the circumstances that someone will recognise him. We would like to hear from anyone who knows someone fitting that description who was at the Baroness gig that night.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 6642 Guibert at Elland Road via 101, quoting crime number 13160092087 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The attack came just a few days before another Baroness fan was sexually assaulted at a show in Birmingham. The band reacted to the assault on Rosie Solomon at the O2 Institute on February 29 by saying: “The man detailed in this article, whoever you are, if you read this post, stay the fuck away from Baroness and our audience. We don’t need you at our show, we don’t want you in our audience.”

Baroness continue their European tour and launch a North American run of dates in Boston on April 29.

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