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Monday 13 June
Five men arrested in connection with the murder of Simon Dobbin, have been released under investigation as enquiries continue.
Friday 10 June
Detectives investigating the death of Simon Dobbin have this morning arrested five men on suspicion of his murder.
Simon was left with permanent brain damage after being assaulted in Station Approach, Southend following a Southend United vs Cambridge United match on 21 March 2015.
Sadly, at the age of 48, Simon died on October 21 2020.
Medical tests showed there was a direct link between his death and the injuries he had sustained.
As a result of those conclusions, we began treating his death as a homicide. As part of a co-ordinated operation, five men aged 30, 34, 39, 45 and 27 have been arrested this morning at addresses across south Essex.
They are in custody and will be questioned on suspicion of murder.
A number of people are being treated as witnesses and are also being interviewed today.
A direct, causal link
Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, is leading our investigation into Simon’s death. He said:
“Investigations into Simon’s death showed a direct, causal link to the injuries he sustained in Southend on the day he was attacked in March 2015. “As a result of those findings, we began treating Simon’s death as a homicide and a new investigation was launched. “As part of that investigation, this morning we have arrested five people on suspicion of murder. “We are also speaking to a number of people who we are considering as witnesses in order to gather their accounts. “Simon’s wife, Nicole, and their daughter Emily have been kept updated on our progress every step of the way. “Simon was a completely innocent party in the disorder that took place that day and his family have been through an unimaginable time. “The injuries Simon sustained that day did not just change his life, they also changed the lives of Nicole and Emily. As a team, we will do everything we possibly can to secure justice for Nicole, Emily and Simon’s wider family and friends.”
In total, 13 people were convicted and sentenced in connection with the incident in March 2015, during which Simon sustained life-changing injuries.