Detectives investigating the death of Simon Dobbin have arrested five men on suspicion of his murder.
Simon was left with permanent brain damage after being assaulted in Station Approach, Southend following a Southend United vs Cambridge United match on 21 March 2015.
Sadly, at the age of 48, Simon died on October 21 2020.
Medical tests showed there was a direct link between his death and the injuries he had sustained.
As a result of those conclusions, we began treating his death as a homicide.
As part of a co-ordinated operation, five men aged 30, 34, 39, 45 and 27 have been arrested this morning at addresses across south Essex.
They are in custody and will be questioned on suspicion of murder.
A number of people are being treated as witnesses and are also being interviewed.