Murder investigators rule out rule out rival fan clash

Murder investigation launched in, Park Rd, St Annes
Murder investigation launched in, Park Rd, St Annes

Police investigating the death of a St Annes man after an assault have ruled out football rivalry as any motive – and have released two men on police bail.

47-year-old Barry Kirkham sadly died after being assaulted following an argument outside Zeko’s takeaway on Park Road, St Annes at around 11pm on Monday night.

A 32-year-old man and a 45-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident have now both been bailed until September 3, 2013.

A post mortem examination carried out Tuesday night has revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Detective Superintendent Andy Murphy from the Force Major Investigation Team said: “This is a tragic incident and an investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of exactly what happened.

“Specially-trained family liaison officers are continuing to support the victim’s family.

“I’d also urge anybody who witnessed this incident or with any information that could assist our investigation to come forward and contact Lancashire Police on 101.

“There has been speculation in the community that a man was close to the scene chanting PNE with reference to Preston North End Football Club.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that this person is not one of the people arrested and is in fact a local man who supports Blackpool.

“£This incident is not as a result of rival fans clashing.”