Shortlands coma attack suspect image released

Police want to talk to this man in connection with the Shortlands attack

Police want to talk to this man in connection with the Shortlands attack


Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault which left a talented BMX rider in a coma.

Jamie McKechnie remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital after suffering severe head injuries in the attack near Shortlands Station at Beckenham Lane’s junction with Station Road on August 15.

The 24-year-old was with two friends at around 10.45pm when he had a verbal disagreement with the suspect, believed to be aged 18 to 20. He then followed the trio and attacked Mr McKechnie.

The suspect is white, around 5ft 10ins, of slim build and has mousey brown hair.

He was wearing a blue body warmer with a white or light coloured short-sleeved T-shirt underneath and blue jeans.

The suspect was chased by one of Mr McKechnie’s friends and headed down Station Road along the side of the railway line.

Beckenham MP Colonel Bob Stewart met with British Transport police officers at Shortlands station last Thursday.

Mr Stewart said he wanted to reassure residents that Shortlands station was safe.

He said: “This incident took place 100 yards down the road from Shortlands Station.

“I use it everyday and often return there late at night en route home. British Transport police have awarded Shortlands an accreditation as a safer station.”

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm last Wednesday. He has been bailed until October 18.

Anyone with any information should contact Bromley Police’s CID on 020 8284 8728 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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