Four murder arrests over Sedgley pub attack

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Reece Cox with his sonImage source, West Midlands Police
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Mr Cox, pictured with his son, was "loved by everybody", his family said

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a man following an attack outside a pub.

Reece Cox, 24, was found with serious head injuries at The Clifton pub in Sedgley, Dudley, on Saturday.

Three men, aged 22, 24 and 25, were arrested from locations in Lower Gornal and a 22-year-old was detained later at his home address in the Pensnett area.

Mr Cox was hurt when he stepped in to protect another man who was being assaulted, police believe.

He was then punched and kicked and pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Cox's family said he was "a great son, partner and dad; a gentle giant who was loved by everybody".

The first three arrests came overnight and the fourth at 11:15 BST on Tuesday.

Between the operations, Det Insp Laura Harrison said the West Midlands force was looking for additional people in connection with its inquiries.

She said: "We know who these suspects are and they are not doing themselves any favours by refusing to cooperate.

"We will catch up with them so I would urge them to hand themselves in for questioning.

"Anyone found helping these men, providing them with accommodation, giving them money or helping them move around, is committing a very serious offence."

Following the fourth arrest, she added the force was "making swift progress" and continued "to work around the clock" to detain suspects.

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