Ryan Giggs sends video mes­sage to help at­tack vic­tim

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FOOT­BALL le­gend Ryan Giggs has recorded a mes­sage of sup­port for a teenager who re­cently woke from a coma fol­low­ing a vi­cious street at­tack.

Wales man­ager and for­mer Manch­ester United icon Ryan Giggs sent words of en­cour­age­ment to Ifan Owens, the 19-year-old Aberys­t­wyth Univer­sity stu­dent who was left fight­ing for his life af­ter suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous head in­juries.

On Sun­day the sec­ondyear crim­i­nol­ogy stu­dent was taken off a ven­ti­la­tor for the first time since be­ing found un­con­scious in the early hours of Jan­uary 14.

In his mes­sage, which was recorded at Wrex­ham AFC’s ground on Tues­day, Giggs said: “Newyd­dion da! Fan­tas­tic news, Ifan, that you’re on the speedy road to re­cov­ery. Keep get­ting bet­ter. We are think­ing about you and hope to see you soon amongst the Red Wall.”

Mr Owens is a keen foot­baller and plays for col­lege side Y Geltaidd in Aberys­t­wyth and Y Cym­ric in Cardiff, as well as be­ing a Wales sup­porter.

His fa­ther, Gareth Owens, who is from Llan­fair­p­wll but now lives in Cardiff, said: “Thanks to Wales man­ager Ryan Giggs and the FAW for the lovely mes­sage. We are so grate­ful for all the mes­sages we’ve re­ceived from peo­ple.”

Mr Owens was at­tacked in High Street and later trans­ferred to the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of Wales, in Cardiff. He has now been moved from in­ten­sive care, and his fa­ther said his progress was “a tremen­dous trib­ute” to the NHS.

Five peo­ple have been ar­rested fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. Two re­main on po­lice bail and three have been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

DCI An­thony Evans said: “We are still keen to iden­tify the man who ad­min­is­tered first aid to Mr Owens.”

Ben Birchall

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