Essex: Five men arrested for the murder of football fan Simon Dobbin

Simon Dobbin supports Cambridge United (Image: PA)

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of football fan Simon Dobbin.

Mr Dobbin died in 2020 after suffering permanent brain damage following an attack on his way home from a game in Southend in 2015, Essex Police said.

Medical tests showed that there was a direct link between his death at the age of 48 and the injuries he sustained five and a half years earlier.

Essex Police said that “on the basis of these conclusions we have begun to treat his death as a homicide”.

Five men aged 30, 34, 39, 45 and 27 were arrested this morning at addresses across South Essex.

They are in custody and are being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Some people are treated as witnesses and are also being questioned today.

Undated family photo of Simon Dobbin. Five men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of the football fan, who died in 2020 after being left with permanent brain damage after being attacked on his way home from a Southend game in 2015, Essex Police said. Issue date: Friday June 10, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLIZEI fan. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This Handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to concurrently depict events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Simon Dobbin died five and a half years after the Southend attack (Image: PA)

Cambridge United fan Mr Dobbin had watched an away game against Southend United and was described as a “completely innocent party”.

Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, who is leading the investigation, said: “Simon’s wife Nicole and their daughter Emily have been kept informed of our progress at every step.

“Simon was a completely innocent party to the mess that took place that day and his family went through an unimaginable time.

“The injuries Simon sustained that day not only changed his life, they changed the lives of Nicole and Emily as well.

“As a team, we will do everything we can to ensure justice for the extended family and friends of Nicole, Emily and Simon.”

Police added that 13 people have already been found guilty and convicted in connection with the March 2015 incident in which Simon suffered life-changing injuries.

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