Police launch murder investigation in Chichester after man dies at 'busy pub in city centre'

Police were called to Chichester city centre after reports of an assault at around 11pm on Thursday (20 June). Credit: ITV News Meridian

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died in "a busy pub in the city centre."

Police were called to reports of an assault at The Dolphin and Anchor pub, in West Street, Chichester, at around 11pm on Thursday (20 June).

A 57-year-old man from South Yorkshire sustained head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and will be supported by specialist officers.

A man died after he sustained head injuries in an assault at a "busy city centre pub" - The Dolphin and Anchor. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Two men have been arrested and remain in police custody.

A 30-year-old man from Birmingham has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 42-year-old man from County Durham was arrested on suspicion of affray.

A third man suspected of affray has been identified but remains outstanding, and efforts to locate him are ongoing.

Forensic tent at the scene on West Street, Chichester Credit: ITV News Meridian

Police have taped off a section of West Street and Chapel Street near the department store, House of Fraser and near Chichester Cathedral.

Blue tents have been put in place, as forensics teams investigate in the cordoned off area.

A large police presence remains in place near Chichester Cathedral. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Det Ch Insp Suzanne Joseph, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “This incident led to the tragic death of a 57-year-old man, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

“It happened in a busy pub in the city centre, and we’re urging anyone with information to come forward as we seek to establish the exact circumstances.

“If you saw what happened, or if you captured any relevant mobile or CCTV footage, please contact us. You can report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Arunside.

"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online."

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