Monday, 28 March 2011

A man on a tour of Majorca with Finedon Dolben Cricket Club is being questioned on suspicion of murder after a bar room brawl.

Police in the holiday resort of Magaluf arrested a 44-year-old county man after the attack in the early hours of Saturday.

The man has been named in Spain as Thomas Swannell, of Northampton.

He has been arrested on suspicion of attacking Gary Vigors, of Chelmsford, Essex, with a broken beer bottle at the Plaza Cafe in Magaluf at about 2.30am on Saturday.

Swannell was part of a group of about 40 travelling fans of Finedon Dolben, the reigning Northants Cricket League champions, who were due to play a tour match against the local Majorca team over the weekend.

The game was cancelled.

The dead man was not involved with the tour or connected with the club.

The Plaza Bar’s resident singer Charly Hamblyn said: “I’ve never seen anything so horrific.

“I was in total shock – you never expect someone to die in front of your eyes.”

Witnesses say Swannell and Mr Vigors had a confrontation earlier in the evening at a bar on Magaluf’s famous Punta Balena strip, but friends managed to separate them.

The pair met again at the Plaza Bar, where Mr Vigors died.

Friends of the injured man tried to resuscitate him until an ambulance arrived 25 minutes later but he was dead by the time they transferred him to hospital

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