Murder hunt after Sussex victim of Jubilee attack dies

A murder investigation has begun after the death of a 21-year-old East Sussex man found collapsed in the street following a Jubilee party.

Father-of-three James Harris Durkin, of Eastbourne, was discovered in Court Road, Orpington, south-east London, in the early hours of Tuesday.

The Met Police said he was taken to Royal London Hospital but later died.

Post-mortem tests on Thursday showed he died from a "deep brain bleed linked to blunt force trauma".

The Met Police have set up an incident room at Lewisham police station and appealed for witnesses.

A spokesman for the force said: "There were a number of people at the party which is in an area of adjoining residential premises.

"There were also, despite the early hours of the assault, people in the area either going to or returning from work in a part of Orpington."

Mr Harris Durkin initially travelled to Orpington from his home in Eastbourne to attend a funeral on Monday.

Officers said he then spent the evening celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with family and friends in Court Road.

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