Man killed in holiday park row hailed our legend as police launch murder probe

The man killed at a holiday park popular with young families after a 'row over football' has been named and hailed as a 'legend'.

Michael McDonagh, 58, was named locally following his death at Parkdean Resorts in Camber Sands, Sussex, after an alleged argument took place at the end of the Crystal Palace and Arsenal match.

Witnesses claim the man died after he was tackled to the floor and held down when he got into an argument after the Premier League opener on Friday evening.

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Police arrested six people on suspicion of murder. Devastated friends have paid tribute to Mr McDonagh on social media.

One pal wrote: "Big shock, bigger loss for family and friends. RIP our old friend Michael McDonagh."

Another said: Rest easy my big uncal [sic] Michael the 1 and only populars Michael Mc Donagh our legend."

"R.I.P thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends Amen," a third person said.

Witnesses said he was shouting “I can’t breathe” during the altercation in The Showbar.

Sussex Police said: “Police have arrested six people on suspicion of murder following the death of a man at a holiday park in Lydd Road, Camber Sands, in the early hours of Saturday morning (August 6).

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“Emergency services were called at around 10.50pm on Friday (August 5) to reports of an altercation involving a group of people.

“Despite the best efforts of paramedics, a 58-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight. His next of kin have been informed."

Parkdean, who run the resort, offered £100 compensation to anyone who was forced to leave the resort because of what they called a "serious incident."

The message said: “We would like to make you aware that last night a serious incident occurred within our complex area.

"As this is a live police investigation our team is doing everything they can to assist their enquiries.

"Please be aware they cannot comment on this incident.

"Our complex area on park will remain closed and will not re-open until investigations are completed."


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