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Saturday 23 August 2014

Man (26) dies after row triggered by inflatable doll striking his girlfriend

Published 12/06/2014 | 11:55

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Undated Greater Manchester Police handout photo of Robert Hart, who has died in hospital after he was punched to the ground at the Parklife event in Heaton Park, Manchester, on Saturday night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 12, 2014. Hart, 26, was attacked at the event after an altercation thought to have been triggered by an inflatable doll striking his girlfriend. See PA story POLICE Parklife. Photo credit should read: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

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Robert Hart died in hospital after he was punched to the ground at the Parklife event in Heaton Park, Manchester, on Saturday night
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Undated Greater Manchester Police handout photo of an e-fit of a man police are looking for in connection with the death of Robert Hart, who died in hospital after he was punched to the ground at the Parklife event in Heaton Park, Manchester, on Saturday night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 12, 2014. Hart, 26, was attacked at the event after an altercation thought to have been triggered by an inflatable doll striking his girlfriend. See PA story POLICE Parklife. Photo credit should read: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

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An e-fit of a man police are looking for in connection with the death of Robert Hart

A man who was punched to the ground at a music festival in Manchester has died in hospital.

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Robert Hart, 26, was attacked at the Parklife event in Heaton Park after an altercation thought to have been triggered by an inflatable doll striking his girlfriend.

The pair were at the front of the festival's main stage when the incident took place.

Mr Hart was knocked unconscious and was treated at the scene by two off-duty medical personnel, said Greater Manchester Police.

Police have issued an e-fit of his assailant who is described as a mixed race male, aged in his late 20s and around 6ft 1in.

He has a muscular build and short, dark hair which was shaved at the sides and was wearing shorts and a blue, bomber-style jacket with the letter 'A' in white on the front.

Detective Inspector Richard Eales said: "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."

Anyone with information should 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 call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mr Hart was from Macclesfield, Cheshire.

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