Man, 25, dies after being punched to ground outside a bar on Christmas Eve in Essex town made popular by TOWIE
- Paul Wallington, 25, was allegedly attacked outside bar in Brentwood, Essex
- A 29-year-old man, from Basildon, has been arrested on suspicion of murder
- Family are ‘devastated’ over the loss of their ‘happy and loving’ son and brother
Paul Wallington was attacked outside The Vine gastro bar in Brentwood, Essex, at 11.50pm on Christmas Eve
A 25-year-old man has died in hospital after being punched to the ground outside a bar on Christmas Eve.
Paul Wallington was attacked outside The Vine gastro bar in Brentwood, Essex, at 11.50pm.
Emergency services rushed Mr Wallington to hospital but he died less than a week later on Saturday December 29.
The Vine is among a number of pubs and bars which attracts fans drawn to the town where the ITV reality show The Only Way Is Essex is shot.
Police have launched a murder investigation and officers from the Kent and Essex are making enquiries.
A 29-year-old man, from Basildon, was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday morning and remains in custody.
Family members paid tribute to their ‘beloved son, brother and grandson’ who enjoyed spending time with his family.
They said: ‘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. We would ask that at this time we are left in peace to grieve as a family.’
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI 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.’
The Vine, in Brentwood, Essex, is among a number of pubs and bars which attracts fans drawn to the town where the ITV reality show The Only Way Is Essex is shot
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