Man died celebrating son's birth

Police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old man who died while celebrating the birth of his son in Middlesbrough. Officers are treating Benji Bolsenbroek's death as suspicious.

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New father's death not being treated as murder

The death of a new father who was out celebrating the birth of his son when he was fatally injured is not being treated as murder, Cleveland Police said.

Detective Superintendent Rob Donaghy told a press conference that a post-mortem examination of Benji Bolsenbroek proved inconclusive and further tests will be needed.

Benji Bolsenbroek was 23 years old when he died while out celebrating his son's birth. Credit: Cleveland Police Handout

He told reporters that CCTV images of the "large-scale fight" inside a pub were clear and that police expect to make arrests soon.

"Benji's death is being treated as unexplained," the Cleveland Police officer said. "This is a complex inquiry with many strands to it. I'm aware there is a lot of speculation and rumour."

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