Murder probe launched following death of 24-year-old Bingley reveller

By Rebecca Marano

A MURDER INVESTIGATION has been launched after 24-year-old James Etherington died following an incident outside a Bingley nightclub.

The incident happened outside at 3.23am on the November 25th, outside the Bijou Bar and nightclub, on Chapel Lane.

An ambulance was called to the scene after Mr Etherington suffered critical head injuries but he has died after 10 days in hospital.

In an emotional message on Facebook, Mr Etherington’s brother, Joe announced his passing at around 5pm yesterday.

He said: “He put up one hell of a fight but it was never to be, his injuries were too severe.

“You were loved by countless people and will never ever be forgotten, especially by me, Mum and Dad. Goodnight James my absolute world. Love you more than you will ever believe.”

Four men were arrested in connection with the incident. A 31-year-old and 30-year-old have been released under investigation and a 23-year-old man has been bailed. A 28-year-old has been released without charge.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Scott, from West Yorkshire Police, is appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who took footage on their mobile phones to come forward.”

There have been hundreds of tributes following the news of Mr Etherington’s death with many Bradford residents expressing their condolences to the family.

Bingley Town Council have led the tributes on their Facebook page.

The Facebook message said: “We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of James Etherington who sadly passed away this afternoon.

“The Town Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled out of respect for James’s family and in consideration of their privacy.

“We are seeking advice from the police as to suitable future actions. Thank you for your understanding, our thoughts are with James’s family and friends.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference number 13170551254. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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