Net closing on man who punched Adam outside pub

POLICE have received more than 30 leads in connection with a Hebden Bridge assault that left a teenaged footballer in a coma.

They are still hunting the man who punched 19-year-old Adam Doherty outside the Albert Pub, Albert Street, on “Mad Friday” (December 22).

Adam, of Lime Avenue, Hebden Bridge, suffered two serious head injuries and a collapsed lung from the incident and was yesterday “poorly but improving” in the Intensive Care Unit of Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Detective Inspector Ashley Hewitt of Calderdale CID said he was confident of catching the man who assaulted Adam, captain and centre-half of Railway Rovers FC, who was knocked unconscious and banged his head on the pavement.

He said: “The public are being very supportive. Hebden Bridge is a very local town and we have received some good leads, which we are now processing.”

Adam, a sports science student at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, was out with friends in the Albert pub but left following an argument with another drinker, possibly over a split drink, at around 10.30pm.

It is thought the drinker followed Adam outside and punched him once, knocking him unconscious.

The suspect then ran off. He is a white male in his late 20s or early 30s, of large build with blonde streaked hair. He wore a pastel-coloured tee-shirt, possibly with a number five on it. Anyone with information should contact Halifax Police Station on 01422 337059 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.