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16 September 2011, 06:43
30 year old Jason Jelley has died in hospital 2 days after he was found with serious injuries in the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester.
Police believe Jason may have been helped by a member of the public after he was injured, and officers are keen to trace this person.
Mr Jelley was seen walking within a few feet of the man, described as black and between 5’6” and 6’ tall as they approached the pedestrian crossing on Strasbourg Drive.
Detective Inspector Simon Preston, the officer leading the investigation, said: “Through speaking to a number of people we have managed to ascertain that Mr Jelley was seen walking within a few yards of a member of the public at around 8.45am to 8.50am yesterday morning, and we are incredibly keen to trace this man.
“If it was you, or you know who it was the please get in touch as you could have vital information that will help with our enquiries.”
Yesterday, detective released CCTV footage of Mr Jelley minutes before he was found with life threatening injuries.
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Detective Inspector Simon Preston, the officer leading the investigation, said:
"The man is currently in a very serious condition and we are appealing for anyone who was in the area yesterday morning and saw this man to please come forward.
"We are currently trying to retrace his steps to find out exactly how he came to be injured. We have studied CCTV footage in the area and from this we have managed to build up a picture of his movements.
"We know that he left home in Tilling Road at around 7.45am. From CCTV footage we can say that he was at the Texaco garage on Parker Drive at 8.05am and he returned home at around 9.05am with these injuries.
"Having carried out enquiries in the area we believe he may have walked along Strasbourg Drive and taken a turning into Peppercorn Walk. We have identified a pool of blood by some steps which lead down to Wheeldale Close and indications are that this is where Mr Jelley may have sustained his injuries.
"We now need the public's help in piecing together his movements. I would urge anyone who was in the area between 8am and 9am yesterday morning to please think back. Did you see Mr Jelley? Did you see an altercation involving him? Did you see him with his injuries?
"This route is used by a number of people to make their way to school or work, and it is possible someone who we have not yet spoken to has seen something."
A 26-year-old woman who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released with no further action.