Murder investigation launched after man dies following attack at Midland pub

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died after being assaulted during disorder at a Midland pub.

A fight broke out in the garden of The Deer’s Leap in Queslett Road, Kingstanding, at around 7.50pm on Friday night.

A 27-year-old man, named locally as Paddy Woodhall, was punched to the floor and was taken to hospital where he died on Saturday evening.

When officers arrived on Friday they arrested a 27-year-old man and a 22-year-old in connection with the disorder.

Yesterday, police arrested two further men, also in their 20s. All remain in custody.

The pub remained closed today with a sign on the door informing customers.

Det Insp Gary Plant, from Force CID, said: "It was a sunny bank holiday afternoon and we know the pub was busy with drinkers all day.

"The disorder broke out in the middle of the evening and there would have been a number of people who have information about what happened.

"We are still in the early stages of this investigation and the pub will remain closed today while a forensic examination takes place."

Anyone who was at The Deer’s Leap on Friday and has any information should contact Det Insp Plant on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.