Five men have been nicked on suspicion of the murder of football fan Simon Dobbin, who died in five years after he was attacked on his way home from a match.
Cambridge United fan Mr Dobbin was left with permanent brain damage after being set upon on his way home from a game in Southend in 2015.
Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, who is leading the investigation said: “Investigations into Simon’s death showed a direct, causal link to the injuries he sustained in Southend on the day he was attacked in March 2015.
“As a result of those findings, we began treating Simon’s death as a homicide and a new investigation was launched.
“As part of that investigation, this morning we have nicked five people on suspicion of murder.
“We are also speaking to a number of people who we are considering as witnesses in order to gather their accounts.”