After post mortem findings police renew investigation into 2015 attack which left football fan brain damaged

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Posters appealing for information about the death of Simon Dobbin have been put up around Roots Hall ahead of Southend United’s first home game of the season.

Simon, who was a Cambridge United fan, died in October last year five years after sustaining permanent brain damage following an assault.

He was attacked in East Street after the blues’ home game against Cambridge United on March 21, 2015.

In 2014, 13 people were convicted in relation to the incident.

Earlier this week a report from a post-mortem examination identified a link between the assault and Simon’s death and police are investigating to see if they can identify who was ultimately responsible.

Acting Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, who is leading the investigation, said: “I know there will be people who were at the game in March 2015 who saw what happened to Simon.

“I need them to come forward and speak to my team and I would urge them to do so even if they spoke to officers who investigated the assault at the time.

“If you’re going to Roots Hall this weekend to watch Southend’s game, you’ll see posters up around the ground appealing for information.

“Simon’s story has touched people across the country. It is an absolute tragedy we need to get justice for him and his family.”

If you have any information about what happened to Simon, call 101 or report it on the website:

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