Appeal after man found with serious head injury in New Cross

Following the discovery of Christopher Mapleston unconscious and in a critical condition on Arbuthnot Road, close to Pepys Road in New Cross at approximately 03:00hrs on Sunday, 20 November, the Metropolitan Police are appealing for information to help them piece together the events that led to his being there. He was also found with a laceration to his head.

Christopher, 29, a KPMG Japan specialist, who studied at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, may have been the victim of a robbery. As on being taken by the London Ambulance Service to a south London hospital, doctors discovered that he had a fractured skull.

Due to the seriousness of his injury, he has not been able to tell officers what occurred on that night.

The investigating detectives from Lewisham CID have so far established that Christopher had spent the night socialising with friends. And he was last seen by them 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 that time, and when he was found on the road less than two miles away.

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

Christopher Mapleston - wearing his green camouflage jacket |
Christopher Mapleston – wearing his green camouflage jacket |

“I would like to speak with 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.”

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw Christopher that night. If it assists, he is described as white, approximately 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build with brown hair. He was wearing a green camouflage jacket, black trousers, and trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Lewisham via 101.


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