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Surrey Police arrests Five men over attempted murder of Portuguese cyclist

Five people have been arrested over the attempted murder of a cyclist in Surrey.

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."

The incident is being investigated by 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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  1. England has become a vile cesspit where sadly violent crime usually goes unreported in the british press. The reason 'it happens daily.I do not think we will find out this was a racist attack,more to do with drink and drugs and the poor chap probably was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    No matter how serious this young mans injuries are 'they will all get a light sentence ,let out in half the time they serve. There is no Justice in England.


  2. This is an everyday thing in the UK we are a Lawless society, where its mob rule and our govenment are clueless. They want to bring the publc to a point of no return its part of a plan.

  3. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1208071/Elderly-war-veteran-left-bloodied-bruised-following-vicious-mugging--hours-scattering-wifes-ashes.html

    This is England Joanna....a disgusting place with no law and order.

  4. anonymous at 11:13 poor, poor man :(

    It happens all over, not only in England - a sign of lack of citizenship, morals, of economic distress, of lack of law & judicial enforcement and, beastly behaviour.

  5. I used to live near Staines.
    I lost track how many times I saw gangs of teenager gangsta-wannabes roaming the streets or ridding the buses in the area, drinking, vandalising or provocking bystanders...
    It's not just an English problem, yes; but it is sintomatic of the scale of lack of good parenting and education this days...

  6. Anon wrote: 'the scale of lack of good parenting and education this days...

    21/08/09 11:57'

    I agree there are too many parents/guardians quite happy to let their children roam the streets not knowing where they are what they are doing and who they are with. It is easier for them to have them out of sight out of mind and let other people be bothered by them.

    I hope Filipe Nunes David recovers from this not only physically but emotionally.

  7. What a horrible but sadly typical tale of British youth, lack of parenting, lack of empathy, mindless violence and thuggery.

    British teenage boys probably commit more violent crime than any other group.

    Maybe we should also consider sentencing the parents who raise such terrible children?

    I really hope this poor man survives but even if he does his life, very sadly, will never be the same again. It is very sad.

    Perhaps the only positive we can see is the police have made some immediate arrests.

  8. This was a terrible attack and lets hope these vile youths ARE PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW, but lets not forget it'snot only English youths that are doing this, I live near this area and there are gangs of youths led by Portugese boys roaming the streets too, one in paticular is a nasty violent animal. so lets not slag off England ay? it's a country that has taken in many Nationalities who say they are looking for a better life, this mix of cultures can also be blamed for some of the violent behaviour these days.
    Don't bite the hand that feeds you with it's social security and NHS that is being made available immediatly on entering the country.
    English people are also getting beaten up by foreinors so lets not immediatly start screaming the race card , it's getting tiresome.
    This poor man was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Our thoughts shouldbe with his poor family not slagging off Englaned!!


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