13 men to appear in court over Simon Dobbin attack

Simon Dobbin with his wife Nicole and daughter Emily.
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160323-171023009

Simon Dobbin with his wife Nicole and daughter Emily. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160323-171023009

Thirteen men will appear in court in September in connection with the attack that left Mildenhall football fan Simon Dobbin with brain damage.

Essex Police say they will appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on September 2 but they are still appealing for anyone with information about the attack in Southend in March 2015 to come forward.

Eleven are summonsed for affray: Lewis Courtnell, 33, fence installer, of Stadium Road; Jamie Chambers, 22, unemployed, of Coleman Street; Thomas Randall, 21, consumer credit employee, of Seaforth Avenue, all Southend; Michael Shawyer, 30, tiler, of Belgrave Road, Leigh-on-Sea; Matthew Petchey, 24, labourer, of Lascelles Gardens, Rochford; Alexander Woods, 24, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff; Philip McGill, 31, electrician, of Hornby Avenue, Westcliff; Greg Allen, 28, painter, of Artillery Avenue, Shoeburyness; Rhys Pullen, 20, telecomms engineer of Bridge Road, Wickford; James Woods, 24, chef, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff, and Scott Nicholls, 40, construction worker, of Sherwood Close, Langdon Hills.

Ryan Carter, 20, unemployed, of York Road, Southend, was charged with affray on last Friday. Ian Young, 40, an electrician, of Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff, is summonsed for assisting an offender and having a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid or gas or an electrical incapacitation device.

Simon Dobbin, 44, of Peterhouse Close, Mildenhall, was set upon by a gang outside the Railway pub in Southend on March 21 last year after watching Cambridge United play.

He had serious head injuries and was put in a medically induced coma at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, before regaining consciousness and being moved to a rehab centre in Norwich. He returned home in March but has brain damage and is still unable to walk, talk and feed himself.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This has been a thorough and complex investigation and I would like to thank Mr Dobbin’s family for their continued support.

“Thirteen people now face charges but we are continuing our enquiries and ask anyone who believes they have information relating to the incident to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information on the attack should call Harlow Major Investigation Room on 01279 621802 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111