Tributes to man in nightclub tragedy

PUBLISHED: 11:03 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 11 May 2010

WILLIAM PLEASANTS

WILLIAM PLEASANTS

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who died after an incident outside a nightclub. William Pleasants, 23, from Barrington, had been in intensive care at Lincoln County Hospital after the incident in the early hours of Saturday. He died on Tuesday morning.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who died after an incident outside a nightclub.

William Pleasants, 23, from Barrington, had been in intensive care at Lincoln County Hospital after the incident in the early hours of Saturday.

He died on Tuesday morning.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Tuesday afternoon failed to establish the cause of his death.

Friends have been posting tributes on the internet in memory of Mr Pleasants.

One message reads: "Will was one of the funniest guys in our year.

"He won't be forgotten. We all hope he will rest in peace."

Mr Pleasants was found unconscious outside the Engine Shed venue, in Ropewalk, Lincoln, at around 1.30am on Saturday.

He was in the city visiting his sister Charlotte, who is a student at Lincoln University.

She and their parents, dad Richard and mum Tessa, were at his bedside when he died.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, who have launched a major inquiry into the incident, said: "We believe he may have been involved in an altercation inside the club before being restrained by door staff outside.

"A post mortem was carried out but no cause of death can be given at this time as further tests are needed."

Detective Chief Inspector Rick Hatton, who is leading the investigation, added:"We have extensive enquiries ongoing, including a large number of witness interviews."

Following initial investigations, five men and one woman, who are door staff at the Engine Shed, were arrested and taken to Lincoln police station for questioning.

They were later bailed to return to the police station later this month.

Yesterday the Engine Shed was closed as a mark of respect to Mr Pleasants, with a gig by comedian Frankie Boyle being cancelled.

Mr Pleasants' death is the second tragedy to befall his family in recent months. Last March, William's brother, Charlie, 17, died following a motorbike accident.

To pay tribute to William go to our special online tribute page.

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