Police have arrested eight men on suspicion of assault and violent disorder as part of their continued investigations into a disturbance which left a Cambridge United football supporter with serious injuries.
Simon Dobbin, 42, and a small group of other supporters were assaulted in East Street, Southend, by a group of men who came out of the nearby Railway Tavern.
Mr Dobbin, from Mildenhall in Suffolk, suffered a head injury and was knocked unconscious in the incident, which happened at around 7.15pm on Saturday, March 21.
He was transferred to Addenbrooke s Hospital in Cambridge and was placed in a medically induced coma. He is now conscious but remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The 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.
A further man a 39-year-old from Southend was arrested on Thursday June 25, and questioned and bailed.
It brings the total number of arrests made to 17. All of those previously arrested remain on police bail, pending further enquiries.
DCI Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, who is leading the investigation, told Radio Essex: “Our investigation is progressing and it will take time to piece together the actions of all those involved but my team and I are determined to bring those responsible for this sickening attack to justice.”
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call the Harlow Major Investigation Room on 01279 621802 or ringl Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org