Fall drummer seriously injured in “horrific assault”
By Andy Malt | Published on Wednesday 5 April 2017
The Fall’s drummer Keiron Melling is recovering after being attacked by two men on a train from Manchester to Blackburn. Melling was left severally injured by what police have called a “horrific assault” just after 9pm on Monday last week.
An update on a Fall fansite suggests that Melling had stepped in to break up an altercation with another passenger before the two attackers turned on him. The two men repeatedly stamped on his head, leaving him in a pool of blood when they left the train at Smithy Bridge in Rochdale
Police have released a CCTV image of two men they want to speak to in relation to the attack.
Investigating officer DS Stephen Kite said in a statement: “This was a horrific assault. The behaviour of the two suspects who fled the area makes me believe they are not residents of Smithy Bridge. They seemed lost and confused so it is likely they intended to stay on the train until a later destination. Therefore, we would also like to appeal to people from Blackburn and other areas who may know who these men are”.
Melling is now recovering from his injuries at home.
Anyone who believes they have information relevant to the attack is asked to contact British Transport Police by texting 61016, or calling 0800 405040 quoting reference ‘572 of March 27’. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.