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Derbyshire Constabulary - Appeal for information

Assault on David Thompson in Creswell in the early hours of Saturday 27th January 2024

Investigation into assault in Cresswell, Derbyshire

A murder investigation has been launched today (Thursday 15 February) following the death of a man who was assaulted in Creswell.

David Thompson was rushed to hospital having suffered serious head injuries following an incident on Elmton Road, near to Ours Bar, at around 1.30am on Saturday 27 January.

The 50-year-old, from Creswell, had remained in hospital in a critical condition, but died in the early hours of this morning.

Detectives are now investigating the incident as murder and enquiries are ongoing.

Det. Insp. Maria Pleace, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Thompson at this difficult time. They are being supported by family liaison officers as we continue our investigation into the events which led to his death.

“It is vital that we fully understand what happened that evening and the timeline to an assault which appears to have left David with injuries he wasn’t able to recover from and tragically proved fatal.”

DI Pleace added: “I would urge anyone with any information about this incident, no matter how small or trivial you think it might be, to get in touch with us.”

David’s daughter, Emma Thompson said: “Even though Dad was 50, he was full of life and enjoyed spending time with his family. He would do anything for anybody.

“We would like to ask for privacy at this time while we grieve for our loss.”

We have published a photograph of Mr Thompson with permission from his family.

Officers from our local Safer Neighbourhood policing team are carrying out patrols in the area and we would encourage anyone in the community with any concerns or information to speak to them.

We are continuing our appeal for information we would still like to hear from anyone who may have any information about the assault, or any disorder in the Elmton Road area that night.

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to us, please call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 quoting reference 24*53519.


Alternatively, contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at