Eight more arrests over attack which left Cambridge United fan in a coma

Simon Dobbin (centre) at a Cambridge United match.

Eight more people have been arrested in connection with an attack which left a Cambridge United fan in a coma.

42-year-old Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall and some other fans were assaulted by a group of men outside a pub in Southend in March.

He'd been watching his team play at Roots Hall. He's still in hospital where's he's in a serious but stable condition.

The eight men from Essex and London are being held on suspicion of assault and violent disorder, taking the total number of arrests to seventeen.

The morning’s arrests included a 23-year-old man from Rochford, a 23-year-old man from Lewisham, a 27-year-old man and a 30-year-old man from Westcliff, a 19-year-old man from Basildon, a 29-year-old man from Leigh, a 19-year-old man from Wickford and a 22-year-old man from Southend. They currently all remain in custody.

"I want to make it clear that Mr Dobbin was an entirely innocent person enjoying a day out watching a football match. He was not involved in any earlier quarrels or incidents and it could have been anyone's loved one attacked on the day and now looking at the possibility of having to live with a permanent brain injury."

– DCI Martin Pasmore, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate