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Wembley Stadium update: witnesses wanted after 6 arrests

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Detectives continue to investigate a murder prior to the England v Wales football match at Wembley last night.

Police were called at 7.20pm on Tuesday, 6 September, to an area outside Wembley Stadium following reports of an assault. Michael John Dye, 44, of Cardiff, suffered head injuries outside Gate C of Wembley Stadium. Some reports claim he fell to the ground after being punched as he walked through the turnstiles. London Ambulance Service treated him for a cardiac arrest before taking him to Northwick Park Hospital.

He was pronounced dead at 8.50pm. A post mortem examination is being carried out today (Wednesday) at Northwick Park.

Six men aged late 20’s to early 40’s were arrested inside the ground in connection with the death. They were taken to various London police stations where they remain in custody. All six were arrested in the Wales supporters’ area of the stadium. There are rumours that Mr Dye’s death was the result of rivalry between Cardiff and Swansea fans, although this is just speculation at the moment.

Police from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) are investigating, and inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Sheila Stewart of the Homicide and Serious Crimes Command said:

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident involving Mr Dye, which occurred on the concourse of the stadium near Gate C, to please come forward. It was understandably busy and I’m sure there must be lots of people who can assist the investigation.”

Anyone with information that may assist should call the incident room on 020 8358 0100; if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Image courtesy of Sam Ryan, Flickr.

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