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57-year-old Nick Medlin

UPDATED: Tributes have flooded in for 57-year-old Nick Medlin, a local prison officer and father-of-2 who died outside a pub in Ventnor during the early hours of Christmas Day.

As first reported by Island Echo, emergency services rushed to Pier Street in the town at just gone midnight on Sunday following reports of an assault. Tragically, despite the best efforts of paramedics and Police, Mr Medlin’s life couldn’t be saved and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team have launched a murder enquiry and 3 people remain in custody on suspicion of murdering the prison officer of A-Wing at Parkhurst HMP Isle of Wight.

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The victim’s wife, Dani Medlin, has said in a moving statement:

“It is with crushing sadness that I have to tell you that on Christmas Eve our beloved Nick was tragically killed following an assault at the end of what had been a brilliant family night out.

“In one flash of violence he was taken from us. We are totally numb to the core.

“After being together for over 30 years life won’t ever be the same”.

Mr Medlin only moved to the Island 3 years ago and joined HM Prison Service at the age of 55. A number of colleagues have paid tribute to the ‘gentle giant’ over the Christmas period.

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Mr Phillips said:

“I had the greatest pleasure of working with Nick for the last two years. Truly the nicest person you could ever ask to meet. Always smiling and nothing was to much trouble. It’s hard to think I shall never see my friend again”.

Another added:

“Nick was a gentle giant who was always smiling, always helpful, a gentle soul and it was a great pleasure to work with him over the last couple of years”.

Meanwhile, a statement issued on a popular prison-service related Facebook page has said:

“He [Nick] was one of the best officers I have ever worked with in over thirty years. A true professional in every way”.

UPDATE @ 20:50 – Police have officially named the victim as Nicholas Medlin.

Nick’s family have released a brief statement saying:

“We are completely devastated and totally heartbroken by the tragic death of Nick on Christmas Eve.

“The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind tributes and ask for privacy to grieve at this very sad time”.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or lead up to the incident is asked to contact police on 101, quoting Operation Extension.

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