CCTV issued in appeal to trace four males following assault in Croydon

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Detectives and the victim’s family continue to appeal for witnesses and information after a man who was assaulted in Croydon died two weeks later.

Almost 18 months after the death of 40-year-old Simon Whisker, his family continue to a struggle to come to terms with their devastating loss.

At around 01:30hrs on Wednesday, 1 July 2020, Simon, who lived locally, had been sitting drinking with a friend in London Road, Croydon when he became involved in an altercation with a group of four males. Simon was subjected to a brutal attack by the males who left him injured, lying in the street.

London Ambulance Service attended and Simon attended hospital but left following treatment. He died around two weeks later on Monday, 13 July 2020.

A post mortem examination was conducted but did not establish a cause of death; we await a report from the pathologist.

Despite previous appeals the suspects have never been identified.

Detective Constable Jo Cheung, from the South Area Command Unit is investigating and said: “Being the victim of a violent crime is devastating and there is no way to determine how a person will react in that situation.

“Simon’s reaction was a need to draw a line under it and put it behind him. Whether he would have lived if he had continued medical treatment we will never know, but we do know that those who launched the vicious attack on him must be brought to account for their part in the last weeks of his life.

“Today I am re-issuing the images of four men that I would like to identify in connection with this case and hope that someone who may not have felt they could come forward last year, may now feel able to give us the information that we need.

“If you know the identity of any of the men shown please do the right thing, not just for Simon, but for his grieving family and to make your own streets safer.”

Simon’s father, Derek Whisker, said: “My family are devastated by Simon’s death and we are finding it very hard to deal with the situation. My wife is very unwell in a care home.

“I am Simon’s father and I am trying to stay strong for my family’s wellbeing. I’m finding things very hard to deal with. If you recognise the suspects on CCTV please speak to the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 471/01Jul20. Alternatively tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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