Police officer dies after being assaulted while off-duty
A POLICE officer has died in hospital after he was assaulted while he was on a night out off-duty in Wolverhampton.
The 33-year-old victim was walking past Divine Bar in Darlington Street at around 4.30am on Monday (Jan 28) when he became embroiled in a row with a black man and two white women who’d just left the club.
During a scuffle the victim was punched and left unconscious in the road with a serious head injury; he was taken to hospital and died last night (Thursday 7 February).
A post mortem will be carried out in due course to determine the exact cause of death.
West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Phil Asquith, said: “They got into a scuffle moments after leaving Divine Bar…I’d appeal for anyone who was in the club that night and may have seen them to contact police.
“Similarly I’m keen to hear from anyone who was driving along Darlington Street in the early hours of that morning, heading home after a night out or perhaps taxi drivers, as they may have witnessed it.
“At the time they may have written it off as a low-level disorder but it’s a very serious assault which has resulted in a man dying.”
An 18-year-old man and two women have been arrested by police and bailed until a date next month pending further enquiries.
Det Insp Asquith, added: “If anyone has any information that could assist the inquiry, who’s possibly heard someone since talking about the incident, I’d ask them to call us on the 101 number as their information could prove vital.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police Force CID on the 101 number or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.