Father of Premier League striker found dead, Police to launch a murder investigation
In a shocking story days after the New Year, Darrel Clarke, father of ex-Premier League player Leon Clarke was found dead and it is understood that the police are investigating it as a murder.
Mr Clarke was upon a garden in a Boat Pub in Wednesfield, Wet Mids, at around 10:30 pm on
New Year’s eve. He suffered a head injury before he stumbled on to the Royal Tiger Pub where he continued drinking.
A witness who was arrested and later bailed out explained that an Ambulance was called on for Mr Clarke only after he fell off his Bar Stook at the Royal Tiger Pub. It is understood that the police have now launched a murder investigation.
The 50-year old was the father of Leon Clarke who played for a number of clubs including Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City, Charlton Athletic and QPR. He is now a part of League One side Bury.
A Bury spokesman said: “Bury Football Club are aware of an incident over the weekend that brought the unfortunate death of Leon Clarke’s father.
“As a club we extend our deepest sympathies towards Leon and the Clarke family.
“Leon will be allowed the time to grieve and will receive the full support of everyone at the football club during this difficult time.”
Det Insp Ian Iliffe, of West Midlands Police, urged anyone who was in the pub between 10pm and 11pm on New Year’s Eve to get in touch.
He said: “The pub would have been busy with people out to celebrate the start of the new year and we need any witnesses to come forward as soon as possible.”
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