Police investigate suspected murder of prison officer on Isle of Wight

Police are investigating a suspected murder on the Isle of Wight.

The victim has been named locally as Prison Officer Nick Medlin.

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Family's tribute to prison officer killed in Christmas pub fight

Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

The family of a prison officer who died on the Isle of Wight have paid tribute.

Police have confirmed his identity as Nick Medlin, a 57 year-old, from Ventnor. He died following an assault outside the Rose Inn pub on Pier Street, early on the morning of December 25.,

His family have released a brief statement:

"We are completely devastated and totally heartbroken by the tragic death of Nick on Christmas Eve.

"The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind tributes and ask for privacy to grieve at this very sad time".

Police granted extra time to quiz men suspected of killing prison officer on Isle of Wight

Police were called to an assault on Pier Street in Ventnor Credit: Darren Toogood

Detectives investigating the death of a 57 year-old man on the Isle of Wight on Christmas Day have been granted more time to interview two men arrested on suspicion of murder.

The victim, named locally as prison officer Nick Medlin, died following an assault outside the Rose Inn pub on Pier Street in Ventnor.

The 31 and 32 year-old men who are both from the Isle of Wight will remain in custody for questioning until Wednesday, December 28.

A third man aged 26, has been bailed until April 11 pending further enquiries.

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Man killed in Isle of Wight assault was prison officer

The victim, named locally as Nick Medlin, died outside Rose Inn in Ventnor Credit: Darren Toogood

A man who died following an assault outside a pub on the Isle of Wight on Christmas Day has been locally named as a prison officer.

Nick Medlin was pronounced dead at the scene outside the Rose Inn on Pier Street in Ventnor.

The 57 year-old from Ventnor had been working at the Parkhurst Site at HMP Isle Of Wight.

According to a tribute written by his colleagues at A-Wing Parkhurst, he had only moved to the Isle of Wight three years ago and had joined the prison service at the age of 55.

They say that 2016 has been a sad year for losing superstars. And Nick Medlin is no exception to this.

Nick, you are one of the loveliest people and friend I have ever had the pleasure of working with and to also know outside of work.

You were hugely popular amongst your colleagues. You were our superstar and you are truly going to be missed by all.

– Tribute by Nick Medlin's colleagues at HMP Isle of Wight

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.

Three arrested on suspicion of Christmas Day murder on Isle of Wight

A 57-year-old man was pronounced dead outside the Rose Inn in Ventnor Credit: Darren Toogood

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of a murder on Christmas Day on the Isle of Wight.

Police were called just after midnight on December 25th to a report that a man had been assaulted outside the Rose Inn, Pier Street in Ventnor.

Officers attended and a 57-year-old man from Ventnor was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 26 year-old man was arrested on the same day on suspicion of murder and a further two people - a 31-year-old man and a 32-year-old man - have also been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Man arrested following 'suspicious' death on the Isle of Wight

Credit: Darren Toogood

An investigation has been launched after a man died following an incident in Pier Street, Ventnor. Officers were called just after midnight this morning (December 25) to a report that a man has been assaulted. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An area of Pier Street has been cordoned off as part of the investigation.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident and is currently in police custody.

“We are in the early stages of this investigation into a man’s death, which is being treated as suspicious.

I would like anyone who has any information about what has taken place to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Philip Scrase
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