Man arrested on suspicion of murder after Walsall fan died in Blackpool

Ryan David Harvey, who was 22

Police have opened a murder investigation and two Lancashire men have been arrested after the incident, which happened on Central Drive at 5.33pm on Saturday.

Officers were called to report fights and upon arrival found 22-year-old Ryan David Harvey with serious head injuries.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment, but Ryan never recovered and was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.

In a tribute, Ryan’s family said: “A family have lost their baby boy to an incident in Blackpool on Saturday.

“Our little Ryan was a bubbly boy who would do anything for anyone.

“Ryan was a lifelong Walsall FC fan who lived and breathed football.

“We are heartbroken and would appreciate some privacy at this time to mourn our loss.”

Friends and family have shared touching tributes online to the huge Walsall fan, and a GoFundMe page has raised over £2,000 to help his family with his funeral costs.

An autopsy concluded that the cause of Ryan’s death was blunt head trauma, and investigations to establish exactly how Ryan suffered his injuries are ongoing.

A 32-year-old man from Fleetwood has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

A 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene on Saturday, Paul Atherton, of Knowsley Crescent, Thornton Cleveleys, has since been charged with s. 18 bodily harm, s. 47 bodily harm, two-way fact under section 39 and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He appeared before magistrates in Blackpool on Monday and was taken into custody.

Acting CIO Rach Higson, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This altercation has resulted in a young man losing his life and my thoughts are very much with Ryan’s family and friends at this time.

“We have a dedicated team of officers assigned to this investigation and are determined to establish exactly what happened and identify everyone involved.

“Although we have made two arrests, our investigations are ongoing.

“I would ask anyone with information or CCTV, dash cam or cellphone footage that may assist our requests to come forward as soon as possible.

“It happened on a busy street in the middle of the day with lots of people and traffic.”

Anyone with information or pictures is asked to email [email protected] or call 101, quoting log number 1127 of June 25.

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