Murder inquiry after assault outside Middlesbrough pub

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Spencer Freeman
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Spencer Freeman died from a head injury

A murder investigation is under way following an assault in Middlesbrough.

Spencer Freeman, 42, from the town, was attacked outside the Grenadier pub in Trimdon Avenue early on Sunday.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital but later died. A post-mortem examination found he died of a head injury.

A 20-year-old Thornaby man, and another man aged 31 from Middlesbrough, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police said there were a number of people inside and outside the pub at the time of the attack, just after midnight, and have appealed for any witnesses who have not come forward to do so.

Mr Freeman's wife Michele said he was a devoted husband and father to their children Lewis, 15, and Niamh, 10, and would always be in their hearts and thoughts.

She said: "He enjoyed sports and played darts and golf. He enjoyed life in general."

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