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Family’s tribute

Family members have paid tribute to a man who died after an assault at Butlin’s in Bognor Regis.

 

Michael Loughlin, 52, died at Royal Sussex County Hospital on June 18 after he suffered a punch to the head just before midnight on June 14.

 

His relatives said this week: “Mick was a beloved partner, father, granddad, brother and uncle.

 

“He was a man who deeply loved his family and his family loved, doted and depended upon him.

 

“We are all truly lost without this generous, kind and funny man. He was a person we all went to in times of confusion and he never failed to give the right advice.

 

“Michael was a dedicated follower of Luton Town Football Club. He was a season ticket holder and was over the moon at their recent promotion.

 

“To put it simply, Mick lived life to its fullest. He never missed an opportunity to try new things and had so much to live for. He achieved a great deal in his life and had so much more he wanted to see and do.

 

“To find the right words to describe our loss is impossible. A piece of our hearts has been lost and can never be replaced. We will carry our memories of him in our hearts forever.”

 

Sussex Police have urged anyone who witnessed the assault to get in contact with them without delay.

 

They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who heard the conversation which Mr Loughlin was involved in before the assault.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme, of the major crime team, is the senior investigating officer.

 

He said: “There are lots of people in the bar at the time of the assault and we want to speak to everyone who was a witness.

 

“You could hold a vital piece of information in our investigation that could allow us to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the assault.

 

“We would particularly like to speak to anyone who head the conversation Michael was involved in prior to the assault. Were you involved in that conversation? We know there are people who can provide this information to us and we are urging them to come forward to us.

 

“We have set up an online reporting form on the major incident public portal (MIPP) and this is for the public to tell us what they saw or heard on the night in question.”

 

The portal can be seen at: mipp.police/uk/operation/4719D77-PO1.

 

“The MIPP links directly to the investigations team and we ask for all potential witnesses to make contact by this method if they are able to,” said DCI Wolstenholme.

 

“If you prefer, you can also contact us by telephone on 101, quoting Operation Brockton.”

 

*A 31-year-old man from Wandsworth, London, has been arrested on suspicion of causing grevious boidily harm with intent and later bailed until July 13.

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