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Parklife Reveller Dies After 'Fight Over Doll'
Police are hunting a suspect after a man who was seriously assaulted at Parklife Weekender music festival in Manchester died.
Robert Hart, 26, and his girlfriend were in front of the festival's main stage on Saturday evening watching Snoop Dogg when he was attacked by an unknown man.
Mr Hart was reportedly trying to protect his girlfriend who was being hit repeatedly by an inflatable toy.
The victim was punched to the ground and knocked unconscious during the attack. He was given CPR to try to resuscitate him at the scene by two off-duty medical personnel but he died in hospital on Wednesday.
Detective Inspector Richard Eales from Greater Manchester Police said: "Robert's family are utterly devastated as you can imagine. It's a terrible incident. Nobody expects their son or brother to go to a festival and not come home."
DI Eales added: "I would ask witnesses if they could think about that evening and if they saw an inflatable doll come across the crowd and land in front of Robert and his girlfriend.
"We know that a confrontation took place thereafter between Robert and an unknown man. Robert was knocked unconscious.
"We know that the event did have a CCTV system and we know there were professional photographers on site during the evening and we're in the process of gathering those images."
Officers have already been speaking to witnesses and are asking members of the public who may have filmed the incident to come forward.
They have released an e-fit of the suspect who is described as mixed race, in his late 20s and around 6ft 1" tall with a muscular build and short, dark hair, which was shaved at the sides.
Police say he wearing shorts and a blue bomber-style jacket with the letter 'A' in white on the front.
A statement from the event organisers said: "Everyone involved in Parklife is devastated by today's deeply sad announcement.
"Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to Robert's family and friends at this difficult time.
"We will continue to assist Greater Manchester Police with its investigation and urge anyone that may have witnessed the incident to contact the Police through any official channel available to them."
:: Anyone with information can contact the incident room direct on 0161 85 69283 or email the incident room with any relevant footage. Alternatively you can call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.