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Man ‘dies following attack at taxi rank outside Wetherspoons pub’

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A murder probe has been launched after man died after allegedly being set upon outside a Wetherspoon's pub when he "tried to intervene in a fight".

West Midlands Police have now launched a murder inquiry after the victim suffered fatal head injuries near the boozer in the Sedgley area, near Birmingham.

The victim, a 24-year-old man who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene after officers were called to reports of a fight at The Clifton Bull shortly before midnight on Saturday.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Detective Inspector Laura Harrison said: “Our thoughts are with the family of this young man who has sadly lost his life.

“We are in the early stages of our investigations but we understand he may have tried to intervene in a fight when he was fatally injured.”

A spokesman for the pub chain says a man died after being attacked by thugs at a taxi rank outside the venue.

According to a Wetherspoon's spokesman following a fight one victim ran to the pub to seek help and was brought to safety.

He then claims a second man was then reportedly attacked outside and later died of his injuries.

Emergency services were called to the scene but he was unable to be saved.

The pub remains closed while police investigate.

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Wetherspoon spokesman, Eddie Gershon, told BirminghamLive: “The individual managed to get away and ran to the front of the pub where he was let in for his own safety.

“The group then started attacking another male. Once the group dispersed, door staff at the pub went to assist him on the floor putting him in the recovery position.

"We understand that this person died on his way to the hospital.

“No members of the group or the two men who were attacked had been in the pub.

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“Police have still closed off the road and all access into the pub, and it will remain closed until forensics have completed their work. Police have viewed the CCTV from the pub.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the individual who passed away.”

Anyone with any information should contact West Midlands Police on 101.

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