A missing Japanese vinyl record could be major clue in New Cross investigation

Police investigating a mysterious incident in New Cross which saw a man suffer a serious head injury have revealed he was carrying a limited edition Japanese vinyl record at the time.

Christopher Mapleston, 29, was found with a cut to his head at around 3am on Sunday 20th November lying on Arbuthnot Road, near Telegraph Hill Park.

Friends said he was carrying a limited edition vinyl record – which is now missing – titled “Awakening” by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sato, and featuring Wendy Matthews.

“Due to the injuries he suffered, Christopher still has not been able to tell officers what happened that night,” said police in a statement.

“His friends last saw him running for a route N343 bus close to Peckham Rye Railway Station between 01:30 and 02:00hrs. It is not known what happened between this time and when he was found in the road less than two miles away.”

And Detective Constable Terry Martin, from Lewisham CID, added: “We cannot be certain whether Christopher’s injury was the result of a fall or an attack. One line of enquiry is that he may have been the victim of a robbery as he was found without his iPhone 6.

“Having spoken to his friends we now know that Christopher was also in possession of a limited edition record which has yet to be located. I am appealing to anyone who may have found it or has been offered the item for sale to get in contact with us immediately.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who saw Christopher between the railway station and Arbuthnot Road. He was wearing a distinctive green camouflage jacket.

“Have you found a mobile phone in this area of New Cross? Any piece of information, however small, will help us to discover what happened in the early hours of that morning.”

He is described by police as white, approximately 5ft 7ins and of slim build with brown hair. He was wearing a green camouflage jacket, black trousers and trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Martin on 07393 006 967 or officers at Lewisham via 101.

Or to give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimetoppers-uk.org.

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