Mother of Cannock town centre attack victim reveals 'unbearable pain'

The mother of a young man found with serious head injuries after a town centre attack today spoke of her grief as police asked for the help of two women who may have saw what happened.

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Police stand guard of the area following the attack.

Josh Morgan was found in Cannock town centre at the back of Poundland following the brutal assault.

The 20-year-old from Cannock was attacked at around 2.05am on March 9, and today remained at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in a critical condition.

Speaking publicly for the first time today, Mr Morgan's mother Clare Simpson today described her 'unbearable' pain, having gone a whole month without hearing her 'beautiful' son's voice, despite having been at his bedside every day.

“I can not begin to explain how much I miss my beautiful son, although we are by Joshy's side everyday," said Mrs Simpson.

"A month has passed without me hearing his voice and at this moment no one can tell me if I will ever be able to hear his voice again.

“The pain and the hurt is unbearable and no family or friend should ever feel hurt like this. We are so proud of his strength. We are so proud that he is our son. He is loved so much by us all.”

Police are now appealing for two women to come forward, who they believe may have witnessed the attack.

DS Adrian Webb, investigating officer, said: “The initial stages of the investigation are complete and two men are set to appear at Crown Court in the near future.

“However, our hunt for two women who are believed to have interacted with the suspects continues. They were standing by the Mr Sizzle van in Market Square at around 1.50am. They were both white women, one wore black leggings or tight fitting trousers and a black top and the other wore a tight fitting bright orange dress above the knee and black stilettos – was this you?”

“We are also keen to hear from anyone else who was in Cannock town centre on Saturday night leading into Sunday morning on the 8 to 9 March.

“Were you in market Square between 1.50am and 2am? Can you recall seeing Josh that night? He is mixed race with a distinctive afro style hair cut, which was worn pulled back and was wearing a black leather jacket. Please get in touch if you saw him.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 111 of March 9 or  Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Alistair Douglas, 24, of Longford Road, Cannock, and James Robb, 21, of Langdale Green, Cannock, have been charged with section 18 assault - grievous bodily harm - in connection with the attack and appeared before magistrates at Cannock on March 12. Douglas and Robb have both been bailed to appear at Stafford Crown Court at a later date.