Dovercourt: Holidaymaker dies in Spanish bar brawl
A DEVASTATED family has paid tribute to an Essex man who died in a violent bar brawl in Spain.
Gary Vigors from Dovercourt bled to death after allegedly being attacked with a broken bottle in Magaluf, Majorca, according to the Spanish press.
The 41-year-old father, who grew up in Southwold, was on a weekend holiday with friends when tragedy struck around 2.30am on Saturday.
It is reported the attack happened when Mr Vigors, a lifelong Ipswich Town fan, got into an argument with a fellow Briton outside the Plaza Cafe.
A national newspaper has reported that a 44-year-old man, who is believed to have been on holiday with 58 players and supporters of Finedon Dolben Cricket Club, Northamptonshire, has been arrested on suspicion of Mr Vigors’ murder.
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Paying tribute, Julie Fitch, his sister, said: “Gary was a very popular local figure, with many friends, and a devoted family man. He was a well-loved partner, father, son, brother and uncle, and this loss has devastated our family.
“Gary was in Magaluf on a weekend trip with friends and contrary to reports in the national media, he was not connected to any cricket club, and did not travel there with part of the group of the named attacker. We have no reason to believe that Gary had any connection to this male whatsoever.”
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A spokesman for the Civil Guard, which made the arrest, said: “We are questioning a British man after a compatriot was killed in a bar in Magaluf following an argument.
“The victim suffered various cuts to his throat which resulted in damage to his jugular vein.
“He bled to death at the scene and we are quizzing the man currently being held in custody as the murder suspect.”
Mr Vigors, who was born in Chelmsford, lived in Dovercourt with his partner of 13 years, Sarah Fulton, and their two-year-old daughter Nicole. The former Harwich Secondary School pupil, an avid fisherman and a keen darts player, worked in a senior role at a financial institution in London.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Magaluf in Spain. Consular staff are in contact with the next of kin and providing consular assistance.”