Bouncer at Towie nightspot is arrested for murder after 25-year-old Christmas Eve reveller who was punched outside bar died of head injury five days later
- Paul Wallington, 25, suffered fatal head injuries outside The Vine gastro bar
- Died in hospital in Romford five days after late night attack in Brentwood, Essex
- Man from Basildon who was working as a door supervisor has been arrested
Paul Wallington was attacked outside The Vine gastro bar in Brentwood, Essex, at 11.50pm on Christmas Eve
A bouncer has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a reveller punched outside a bar made famous by TV’s The Only Way Is Essex.
The un-named doorman, aged 29, was quizzed by police after Paul Wallington, 25, suffered fatal head injuries outside The Vine gastro bar in Brentwood, Essex.
Mr Wallington died at Queen’s Hospital in Romford five days after it is believed he was punched outside the bar at around 11.50pm on Christmas Eve.
The Vine is among a number of pubs and bars which attracts fans to the town where the ITV reality show was filmed.
Police have confirmed that a man from Basildon, who was working as a door supervisor at the time of the incident, had been arrested and later bailed.
Essex Police said that following his arrest, officers liaised with the Security Industry Authority which has suspended his licence while the probe continues.
The pub has also had its licence suspended at the request of police.
Brentwood Borough Council approved the suspension at a meeting yesterday and a review will take place within 28 days.
A post-mortem examination found Mr Wallington, who is a builder in London, died from head injuries. The doorman has been bailed until January 25.
The Vine pub in Brentwood, Essex, was made famous by ITV reality show The Only Way Is Essex
The cast of ITV reality show The Only Way Is Essex, pictured in 2011. There is no suggestion any stars of the programme were involved in the incident
Since the incident Mr Wallington’s family paid tribute to their son, saying: ‘We are devastated at the loss of our beloved son, Paul.
‘He was a happy and loving son and enjoyed spending time at home with his family, especially his nephews and nieces. Paul is a much-loved son, brother and grandson.’
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten said: ‘The death of a man so young at this time of year is heart-breaking.
‘We would like to hear from anyone who was at or near to The Vine prior to, or at the time of the incident and witnessed it or recorded footage on their phones.
‘I would also like to appeal to the occupants of any passing vehicles who witnessed the incident or have dash-cam footage to contact us.’
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