Frank Skinner’s friend and former radio co-host is thought to still be in a life-threatening condition in hospital.

Mr Skinner broke down in tears on live radio on Saturday, as he explained Gareth Richards is in hospital following a “very big road accident”.

Today police have published a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward, about the crash which is believed to have left Mr Richards seriously injured.

He was reportedly involved in a serious collision on the M25 near Heathrow Airport on 27 March.

The Metropolitan Police have released a statement saying that a man remains in hospital in a “life-threatening condition” following that collision.

Officers continue to look into the crash.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the crash but police are asking anyone with any information or dashcam footage of what happened to contact them.

The crash between a lorry and two cars happened on the motorway between Junctions 14 and 15, Surrey Live reported.

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‘He’s a fantastic bloke’

During the closing moments of his show on Absolute Radio on Saturday, Mr Skinner recalled how Mr Richards had co-hosted with him and Emily Dean when the show first started out.

Breaking down in tears, he continued: “And Gareth was in a very big road accident this week and… it’s not looking great for Gareth.

“He’s in hospital and he’s fighting but it’s not looking great and I didn’t want to do this show – we didn’t want to do this show without mentioning him…”

He added: “He’s a fantastic bloke and I dunno if any of you do pray, if you do give one for Gareth this week.”

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