Mansfield man was ‘victim of sustained assault’

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Police confirmed that a Mansfield man who died after going into hospital with serious injuries, was the victim of a sustained assault.

Emiel Blankert (48) died on Friday evening having been admitted to King’s Mill Hospital four days earlier.

A Home Office post-mortem examination confirmed he suffered serious injuries as a result of a sustained assault to the body.

Detectives think he was the victim of an assault in the hours before he presented himself at hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Heydon, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are continuing to focus on tracing Emiel’s movements on Monday afternoon, in the few square miles of his home in Ladybrook. Officers are conducting house to house enquiries and viewing CCTV of the area.

“We know that when Emiel went into The Ladybrook pub in Ladybrook Lane that afternoon around 4pm he had already been attacked. What we need to know is who was responsible? Were you in or around the area around this time? Did you see Emiel before he went into the pub? If so we need to hear from you.”

Two women, aged 48 and 27, and a 21-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the incident. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Specially trained officers are continuing to support Emiel’s family at this distressing time.

If you have any information call the incident room on 01623 483118 or Crimestoppers.