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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after boxer dies from shotgun wound in Doncaster pub



A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a boxer who died from a shotgun wound in a pub in Doncaster.

Tom Bell, 21, was shot through the window of Maple Tree pub in Balbon on Thursday and later died in hospital.

A post-mortem examination established that he died from a shotgun wound to his chest and abdomen.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in South Cave, East Yorkshire, on suspicion of murder, while a 21-year-old woman is also being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detectives believe Mr Bell was targeted and that it was likely the people involved knew each other.

Doncaster Plantworks Amateur Boxing Club, where Mr Bell trained, wrote a tribute to him on Facebook.

“This evening we are absolutely devastated to announce the passing of a great warrior who has spent a huge amount of time over the years boxing with our club,” it said.

“We are shocked beyond words to hear this sad news and would like to offer our sincere condolences to Tom’s family and closest friends.”

As part of its investigation, South Yorkshire Police have discovered a burnt-out white BMW and are conducting a forensic examination of the site where it was found.

Mr Bell’s parents said: “We would please ask that our privacy is respected so that we are able to grieve in private.

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“We want to ask any witnesses or anyone with information to contact the police and help with their inquiries – it’s so important that we get justice for Tom and the police are able to find out who is responsible for the death of our son.”

:: The force asks anyone with information, or who may have dashcam footage from the area, to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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