Tributes to popular dad, 58, killed at family holiday park in Camber Sands as six arrested on suspicion of murder

TRIBUTE has been paid to a father who was killed at a holiday park after an argument broke out during football.

Michael McDonagh, 58, died after being pinned to the ground at Parkdean Resorts in Camber Sands, East Sussex.


Michael McDonagh died at Camber Sands on Friday night1 credit

It is understood a row broke out at the end of Crystal Palace’s game against Arsenal on Friday night.

Tributes have now poured in for the father, who was known as “the popular Michael” to family and friends.

His daughter Erin shared a series of touching photos with her dad as she said she loved him “in pieces”.

She said, “My heart is broken for you daddy, it doesn’t seem real.”

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Celine Ward has paid tribute to her uncle, calling Michael a “legend”.

She wrote: “Oh my god Uncle Michael, I can’t believe you’re after breaking so many people’s hearts.

“I really can’t believe you’re gone. Watch over your whole family.

“We will miss you forever. Popular RIP Michael McDonagh our great Michael.”

While another family member wrote, “Uncle Michael, you didn’t deserve this. How can the world be so cruel. You will never be forgotten.”

Police raided the holiday park on Friday evening after the horror unfolded.

Witnesses said Michael shouted “I can’t breathe” before turning blue as he was restrained.

Six people suspected of murder have been arrested and are still in detention.

Chief Detective Inspector Emma Vickers, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crimes Team, said: ‘Our investigation is at a very early stage, but I would like to reassure the public that it is this is an isolated incident with no broader risk of harm.

“Officers are now working to establish all the circumstances while the victim’s relatives are being cared for by specialist officers.”

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A Camber Sands Holiday Park spokesperson said: ‘On the evening of Friday 5th August a serious incident occurred at our resort.

“As this is a live police investigation, we cannot comment further, but our team are doing everything they can to assist the investigations.”

Michael would have been implicated immediately


Michael would have been implicated immediately1 credit
Six people suspected of murder have been arrested


Six people suspected of murder have been arrestedCredit: eddie mitchell/dan jessup

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