Man dies in suspected murder at family holiday park after ‘row over football’

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A man has been murdered at a holiday park popular with young families, reportedly after a row over football, according to police.

Police rushed to Parkdean Resorts in Camber Sands, Sussex, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Sun reported that witnesses said the man died after he was tackled to the floor and held down when he got into an argument.

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The argument was said to have started over the opening Premier League game, Crystal Palace v Arsenal, which was being shown at the onsite bar on Friday evening.

Witnesses said he was shouting “I can’t breathe” during the altercation in The Showbar.

Sussex Police said: “Police have arrested six people on suspicion of murder following the death of a man at a holiday park in Lydd Road, Camber Sands, in the early hours of Saturday morning (August 6).

“Emergency services were called at around 10.50pm on Friday (August 5) to reports of an altercation involving a group of people.

“Despite the best efforts of paramedics, a 58-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight. His next of kin have been informed."

Parkdean, who run the resort, offered £100 compensation to anyone who was forced to leave the resort because of what they called a "serious incident."

The message said: “We would like to make you aware that last night a serious incident occurred within our complex area.

"As this is a live police investigation our team is doing everything they can to assist their enquiries.

"Please be aware they cannot comment on this incident.

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"Our complex area on park will remain closed and will not re-open until investigations are completed.

"We will update you at lunchtime today in relation to this.

"If you have activities booked for today our on park team will contact you to advise whether these events can go ahead.

"Due to restricted facilities on offer today we would like to offer you a £100 refund as a gesture of goodwill

"This will be processed to the card that you used to make your booking automatically by our customer team within the next 7 days.”

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “Our investigation is at a very early stage, but I would like to reassure the public that this appears to be an isolated incident with no wider risk of harm.

“Officers are now working to establish the full circumstances while the victim’s next of kin are supported by specialist officers.”


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