21 August 2009
Surrey Police arrests Five men over attempted murder of Portuguese cyclist
Filipe Nunes David, a 39-year-old Portuguese man living in Epsom, was attacked while riding in nearby West Ewell.
He suffered severe injuries, including a fractured skull, and remains in a critical condition in St George's Hospital, Tooting. Surrey Police are treating the attack as attempted murder.
A force spokesman said: "This morning, officers from Surrey Police executed warrants at a number of addresses in Ewell.
"Five males, three aged 16, one aged 18 and one aged 20 have been arrested and taken to Woking and Staines police stations."
Surrey Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team and a stretch of Cox Lane including the junction with Pemberley Chase and the junction with Hogsmill Way has been cordoned-off to allow forensic work to be carried out.
It is believed an altercation of some kind may have taken place before Mr Nunes David was chased and detectives are following several lines of inquiry to establish a motive.
House-to-house enquiries are taking place and police are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the attack or who was in the area between 9pm and 10pm last night.
DCI Maria Woodall, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a savage attack which has left a man fighting for his life and we are determined to identify and catch those responsible.
“I am appealing to anyone with information that could help us to contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously. In particular, we are keen to speak to the driver of a black car, possibly a Nissan, which was seen on Cox Lane shortly after the attack took place.
“We are also working to piece together more information about Mr Nunes David – both his history and his movements on the day of the attack – and have released a photograph to help jog people’s memories. Do you know Mr Nunes David? Did you see him yesterday?
“A dedicated phone line has been set up and people who have any information can contact police on 0800 096 1233 or, if they are calling from abroad, on 0044 207 158 0197.”
East Surrey’s Neighbourhood Superintendent Kul Verma added: “Understandably people in the local area will have concerns in the wake of this attack, but I would seek to reassure them that we have deployed significant resources to this investigation and officers from their Neighbourhood Team will be out today speaking to members of the community.”
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