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Family "utterly heartbroken" after 24-year-old dies following attack in Guildford town centre

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Family "utterly heartbroken" after 24-year-old dies following attack in Guildford town centre

Published at 5:22pm 18th October 2019. (Updated at 7:58pm 18th October 2019)

A man has died following a serious assault in Guildford town centre on Saturday (12 October).

Officers attended the incident in Park Street, close to the premises of the Guildford Charcoal Grill, at around 2.20am after an assault.

The victim Jamie Smith, 24-years-old, from Elmbridge, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but has now since been pronounced dead.

His family have released the following tribute:

“We as a family are utterly heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our son Jamie, he was a loving, kind hearted and generous young man with an incredibly bright future ahead of him.

"He had already achieved so much in his 24 years. Jamie was extremely close to his family, and was so lucky to have an amazing group of friends.

“We are, and forever will be incredibly proud of him and the young man he became.

"There are no words to express how much all of us will miss him. Our lives will never be the same again.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Chapman said: “This incident has tragically ended in the death of a young man.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. We continue to appeal for witnesses who may be able to help us piece together what happened.

“The incident took place as people were leaving the town centre after a night out, we would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or may have been in the area at the time.”

If you witnessed the incident or have any information, including dashcam footage, you are asked to call Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number PR/45190108025.

If you do not wish to leave your name, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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