Bedford man dies after assault at holiday park

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Butlins Bognor Regis

A 52-year-old man from Bedford has died after being punched in the face at Butlin’s holiday resort, Bognor Regis.

Last week (14 June) a fight involving several people broke out in the bar area of the popular holiday park. The man was punched in the face and fell to the floor.

Despite being taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment he died later that night.

A 31-year-old man from Wandsworth, London, was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and later bailed until 13 July.

Sussex Police continue their investigation. “We extend our sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time, and are providing support with specialist officers,” said D C Insp. Andy Wolstenholme.

“The bar was very busy at the time of the assault and we believe many of those present would have witnessed the assault and the aftermath.

“We have spoken to some witnesses who were present at the time, but we would be keen to speak to anyone who hasn’t yet made contact with us.”

Anyone with information is urged to report to Sussex Police either online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Brockton.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, either via its website or by phoning 0800 555111.

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