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Police search South-West for alleged Birmingham hammer attacker
11:50am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A MAN accused of carrying out a hammer attack in the West Midlands may be on the run in the South-West, police say.
Laimonas Cepauskas, 40, pictured, is wanted for failing to appear before Birmingham Crown Court where he was to stand trial for an alleged assault on a man from Handsworth.
It is alleged the 26-year-old was attacked with a hammer and a crowbar in a house on in April last year.
The man was left with two broken legs, a broken arm, broken ribs, a punctured lung, a cut kidney and facial fractures.
Detectives in the West Midlands have failed to trace the Lithuanian national, but have reason to believe he may be in the Somerset area.
Detective Con Neil Harrison said: "Mr Cepauskas is wanted in connection with a serious violent assault which left a man with horrendous injuries.
"As part of our investigation into the attack, Mr Cepauskas was arrested and appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court, where he was granted bail, with an order to re-appear on 11 June before Birmingham Crown Court.
"He did not re-appear and as soon as we were notified by the courts of this we conducted extensive enquiries in an effort to track him down.
"We now have information that he may be in the Bristol or Wells area of Avon and Somerset, or possibly even in South Wales.
"All police forces in the UK are on the lookout for Mr Cepauskas and a number of properties have been searched.
"People who are known to associate with him have been spoken to, and other further enquiries are well under way."
Anyone who knows Laimonas Cepauskas' current whereabouts is asked to call police on 999.
To report sightings over the past few weeks, people can call DC Harrison on 101.