Ipswich: Man, 20, dies after alleged pub brawl at The Smock

A 20-YEAR-old man who sustained serious head injuries in an alleged brawl outside an Ipswich pub died today.

The man, named locally as Simon Cowles, had been critically ill since he is understood to have hit his head on the pavement outside The Smock in Maidenhall Approach early on Sunday morning.

Mr Cowles, who lived in The Foyer in Star Lane, Ipswich, died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge just before 7am today.

The joint Norfolk and Suffolk police major investigation team are currently looking into the circumstances surrounding Mr Cowles’ death.

A post mortem is scheduled to take place later today. However, the results are not expected until tomorrow.


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Although police have not released Mr Cowles’ identity, last night staff at The Foyer - which houses and trains young people - said they were aware of the situation.

Two men who were arrested after Mr Cowles sustained his injuries were released on police bail yesterday pending further enquiries.

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The 35-year-old and 44-year-old men were detained early on Sunday on suspicion of assault early.

They must return to Ipswich police station on May 19.

Police were contacted at approximately 12:15am on Sunday following reports of a fight outside The Smock.

Although officers have not revealed how Mr Cowles sustained his injuries, is understood an altercation occurred after an incident which began inside the pub.

It is alleged an argument then carried on outside The Smock which led to Mr Cowles’ death.

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Ipswich CID on 01473 613500.

- Did you know Mr Cowles? Would you like to pay a tribute? Call the newsdesk on 01473 324790 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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