A very local tragedy, in fact almost a next door neighbour. I heard last night that Richard Would, the landlord of my local, the Nottingham Castle Hotel in Westgate had died, just over two months after he was a victim of a serious assault in the pub.
Richard was treated in hospital for a week before being discharged. He was found collapsed at home on Tuesday morning.
According to the report on Kent Online, a Home Office pathologist is carrying out a post mortem examination to establish the cause of death.
Det Chief Insp Anne Brittain, who is leading the police investigation, said: "At this time Mr Would’s death is unexplained. He received severe injuries in the attack and was still suffering complications as a result of the assault, for which he had been prescribed medication.
"Twelve people were arrested on suspicion of assault and 10 remain on police bail pending further enquiries. But we still want to hear from anyone who may have any information about what happened that night in February.
"I am confident there are people who have more information and know who is responsible for this attack. I appeal for them to come forward."
Two other men, both customers aged 30 and 35, were also injured in the attack which happened between 12.20 and 12.40am.
Anyone with any information can telephone 01622 654850. Alternatively people can call Kent CrimeStoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111.
Ed: Richard was an excellent and well-liked landord and my deepest sympathy goes to his family at this time.