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Victim Of Parklife Assault Dies Protecting Girlfriend

Man seriously assaulted at Heaton Park music festival has tragically died in hospital

Published on June 12th 2014.

Victim Of Parklife Assault Dies Protecting Girlfriend

A young man viciously attacked at the Parklife Weekender on Saturday 7 June, has tragically died from his injuries.

"We believe a confrontation took place following an inflatable doll hitting Robert's girlfriend."

At around 9.15pm on the Saturday night of the Heaton Park music festival, Robert Hart, 26, and his girlfriend were waiting in front of the festival's main stage for the evening's headline act, American rapper Snoop Dog, when he was attacked by an unknown offender.

Police believe Hart was protecting his girlfriend.

Robert was punched to the ground and attacked. He was given CPR by two off-duty paramedics at the scene and rushed to North Manchester General Hospital. As the victim's condition deteriorated he was moved to the Salford Royal Hospital.

He sadly died in hospital on Wednesday 11 June.

Parklife E-FitParklife E-Fit

The organisers of The Parklife Weekender have said: “Everyone involved in Parklife is devastated by the 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.”

The offender is described as a mixed race male, aged in his late 20s and around 6ft 1 tall. He has a muscular build and short, dark hair which was shaved at the sides. He was also wearing shorts and a blue, bomber-style jacket with the letter 'A' in white on the front.

Police have also issued an E-fit (above).

Detective Inspector Richard Eales: "Our immediate thoughts go out to Robert's family and loved ones. We currently have specially trained officers with them to help through this terrible time.

"We are still in the early stages of this investigation, however several witnesses have assisted us with vital information concerning the description of the offender. We believe a confrontation took place following an inflatable doll hitting Robert's girlfriend.

"We are aware other assaults took place in the park that evening, but I am specifically appealing for witnesses who recall seeing the inflatable doll and the attack on Robert immediately thereafter.

"I am keen for those witnesses to come forward and other persons nearby who may have mobile phone footage of the attack or captured an image of the person responsible.

"Finally, if you are the man responsible or were with him that evening, please come forward."

There were also three unrelated stabbings at the festival, two on the Saturday and one on the Sunday.

Anyone with information can contact the incident room direct on 0161 85 69283 or email the incident room on mit.syndicate8@gmp.police.uk with any relevant footage.

Alternatively you can call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

Absolute scum. Hope they find him ASAP. Organisers need to answer questions on security, health and safety and general poor organisation as well.

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

I've been to 3 gigs at Heaton Park. Oasis, The Stone Roses and Parklife 2013. The Oasis & Parklife gigs both had a horrible atmosphere and you knew there would be serious problems as the people there were out of control. The Oasis gig was a one off event but Parklife knew of the problems they had last year and what have they done for this year? Nothing by the looks of it, it's got worse. The people guilty of this will be caught. I just hope they get a proper prison sentence. So sad that a young couple go to a festival and one of them gets killed over nothing. Scum. I think Parklife will struggle to fill the 70,000 allocation in years to come. I wouldn't go back and from what I read/hear lots of other people feel the same. RIP Robert.

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AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

One or two isolated incidents over two days with 70 to 80 THOUSAND people attending. These things happen all the time all over the world. Yes, its a terrible shame that some died over a inflatable fucking doll but that is life. Parklife and its organisers aren't to blame nor can they do much about one or two brain dead idiots.

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

The problem is Parklife isn't attracting one or two idiots, it's attracting hundreds of them. The festival feels more unsafe every year, I know numerous people who were threatened over the weekend. Other festivals aren't like this.

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

There wasn't one or two incidents. One person has died and three other people got stabbed in separate incidents in one weekend. The point I'm trying to make is when I attended last year it was carnage, simple things like leaving the park or getting a drink shouldn't cause you to fear for your safety The surge and crush as I tried to leave last year was scary, it didn't result in a serious accident but it easily could have done and it seems no one in charge is taking the problem seriously. Trying to get served was more hassle than it was worth with massive blokes who looked like they had a penchant for steroids and sunbeds jumping and diving into the crowd, barging people out of the way and no one was there to stop them. My girlfriend almost got elbowed in the face by one such idiot. What would of happened if I'd have said something trying to protect her? I'd have got a good kicking that's what. That doesn't happen at other festivals I go to. There's not a band or artist I want to see so badly that I'd consider going to Parklife for.

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

"its a terrible shame that some died over a inflatable fucking doll but that is life." That's life? You can't be serious. I'm not sure what life you are living in, but it certainly isn't mine. Nor is it one I ever want to live in. Maybe you should look up the meaning of the word 'festival'. You may just learn something...

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

I attended last year as well and had a absolute wonderful time...

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

How on Earth can somebody do this at a festival of 70,000 people and get away with it? I went last year and it was just awful and gained a bad reputation with many people saying that they would not go back. They shouldn't be given another chance, the event needs to be cancelled along with the Warehouse Project which has gotten just as bad.

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AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

Cancelled seriously? Shame you didn't have a good time that you must been stuck in the bar and toilet queue too. But please don't be one those that spoil it the thousands that did have good time at one of the view events of this kind in the north.

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

The management of the whole affair is appalling. Don't forget the stampede to get out and the lack of transport. To be bottled in the face, slashed in the face, stabbed and in Robs case murdered in front of his girlfriend?!!! Oh yeah, wonderful weekend of fun...

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

I agree. The WHP and Parklife team need to seriously think about the sort of demographic they are now attracting to their events. This is a real shame as when WHP was at Store Street and Parklife was Mad Ferret in Fallowfied, they were amazing events and well run. They obviously can't keep up with the size of crowds they are drawing.

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

Manchester is gaining a very bad reputation because of these events. We need a proper festival run by a team who know what they're doing and have a music policy that won't attract the wrong clientele.

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AnonymousJune 22nd 2014.

Intrigued as to what sort of music attracts the wrong clientele....

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

To the person who commented saying "Yes, its a terrible shame that some died over a inflatable fucking doll but that is life.", no, getting beaten to death at festival in front of your girlfriend is not 'life', this sort of thing should not be happening at festivals full stop. I'm not saying Park Life should be cancelled but the organisers need to take a serious look at the security. I hope they catch the scum bag who did this. RIP Robert Hart.

Dean MontanoJune 12th 2014.

I went to the 1st Parklife at Platt Fields and it was great. Not for once did I feel unsafe or see any trouble. It was just a great fun couple of days. New and fresh for Manchester. However since the organisers have now turned this into an epic carnival, upped the advertising and moved it to North Manchester it seems to have gone downhill in many respects. I also went to the Stone Roses gig at Heaton Park and that was the same. Loads of dodgy looking people, massive queues for toilets and the bar, etc, etc. I think this festival is in big danger of deteriorating massively. I for one won't be going again. There's far too many great festivals in the UK where I haven't got to worry about some dodgy guy stabbing me if I tread on his foot.

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

WHP and Parklife are taking over and ruining Manchester, they are just interested in making money hence the awful bookings that attract these scumbags.

AnonymousJune 12th 2014.

Shame this as happened. I can speak from personal experience that have only seen trouble that you would see on and weekend in the city centre. Sadly seems to a victim of its own success.

JimmyfJune 12th 2014.

I went to every Parklife and after last year at Heaton Park I said I wouldn't go back! Platfields was brilliant, just the right size, right vibe, right people and most of all very few idiots. Yet again an example of getting too big and attracting every prick in the area so it seems!

rinkydinkJune 12th 2014.

The Warehouse Project team have done a lot for Manchester I think. WHP is known the country over with people travelling from all over to go there. The issues at Parklife used to happen at the Notting Hill Festival annually so this is not just a Manchester thing. Wonder if it still happens and if not, what measures they took?

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AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

All they have done for Manchester is monolopise the city so the smaller nights fail or continue to struggle. And now what are they doing for Manchester besides giving it bad publicity? At the end of the day, security and police prescence was not there (or there wasn't enough) at the festival. This is down to the promoter. Yes, you can say that you can't stop dickheads getting in, but you can stop the window of opportunity by having a high security and police presence. People geniunely felt unsafe in the festival, especially leaving. To me, that seems like the promoter has sold the extra tickets and pocketed the cash rather than forking out on the added security. And Parklife/WHP should be held accountable for that.

MaggieJune 12th 2014.

Unlike many on this rant, I will post with my full name. Those who attend events like this and carry knives are scum. This event is a celebration of summer and of music - SCUM are not welcome. SCUM should crawl back to to the shit hole that gave birth to them. SCUM should know that right minded people do not 'respect' them, there is nothing to respect as respect should be earned. As for the piece of shit who says "That's life" - NO IT'S NOT! That piece of SCUM needs to return to the feaces-infested hole he emerged from.

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There Can Only Be OneJune 12th 2014.

That's your 'full name'? Well, good job on making a stand and identifying yourself! You do realise that your first name is far from unique and doesn't actually identify you at all...? You might as well post as Anonymous.

MaggieJune 13th 2014.

Knob - the site reduced it to my first name. Do you have anything constructive to say or do you exist to be a pedantic t**t?

AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

Are you the same Maggie that is pro Irish World Heritage Centre based in the Jewish Quarter that can't take a joke?

Geoffrey WarnerJune 14th 2014.

Very well put, Maggie and I totally agree. I'm sure the police will find the perpetrator . It grates that he will be out of prison in a few years and free to live the rest of his life though. P.S... Don't let idiots who can't even grasp when It's appropriate to attempt humour get to you.

JosieJune 13th 2014.

I was at the festival this year, admittedly not on the Saturday, and I thought there was a great atmosphere. I have been to a lot of festivals and it certainly had a better atmosphere then places like cream fields. What happened was disgusting but it could of happened anywhere. Sounds like the attacker was the kind of person who would of beaten someone up on the tram home. The organisers can stop knives but they can't stop someone mindlessly attacking someone.

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AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

"The organisers can stop knives but they can't stop someone mindlessly attacking someone." But they didn't stop knives did they Josie. Numerous people were slashed and stabbed.

JosieJune 13th 2014.

I know, what I meant was they have some blame to shoulder when it comes to the stabbings. But when it comes to stopping this tragic death they couldn't predict that this one person out of 70,000 was going to beat someone to death.

AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

'Better atmosphere than Creamfields' seems rather a case of damning with faint praise.

AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

It's bloody awful to hear this news. Disgraceful, shame on the killer! Blood on his hands.

Tara SJune 13th 2014.

I went this year and it was so overcrowded that security probably found it very difficult to manage. My partner and I were hardly searched on entrance, so it’s easy to see how someone could walk in with a knife. On Saturday night the barriers for the exit to the buses were broken down because of a stampede of people, again because of the lack security there to stop them. Most people were well behaved but for events like this to continue in Manchester the security needs to dramatically increase! Hopefully this awful tragedy will be a wake-up call.

AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

"One or two isolated incidents over two days with 70 to 80 THOUSAND people attending. These things happen all the time all over the world." Yes, in warzones. When people go to public events in this land, they're afforded a certain level of safety and security. Glastonbury with 180,000+ can do it (albeit with the odd death regarding too many drugs), because who ever expects they've got a chance of dying at a music festival through being beaten up? I agree word-for-word with Dean Montano's first post.

AnonymousJune 17th 2014.

Somehow I did not check that there is a parklife going on on Saturday and went for a walk in Heaton park on Saturday. It was about 4pm, but people whot took a tram all were drunk. Most of them where under 18 years old. What kind of the festival it is? There were lot of police and security around, but they did not bother sending drunk and agressive people back home. On Sunday I had to get to Bury on the tram, and again all trams were totally crowded and full with drunk teenagers. It is a stupid and useless festival and a shame for Heaton park to host it.

AnonymousJune 17th 2014.

If any other promoter had the safety record of WHP they'd be shut down or maybe in prison.

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