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    Soldier dies after attack at homecoming party


    by ODN


    A soldier has died after being attacked outside a club as he celebrated his homecoming from Afghanistan.

    David Grout, 22, had been enjoying a low-key homecoming celebration with his parents and looking forward to a reunion with his wife and child when two men confronted him outside the Eston Institute Club in Teesside last week.

    A 19-year-old from the Eston area of Middlesbrough who handed himself in to Cleveland Police was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail.

    A Cleveland Police spokesman said the soldier died shortly before noon on Tuesday.

    He had been in a critical condition at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

    Acting Detective Chief Inspector Dave Mead, for Cleveland Police, said: "Our thoughts are with his family, Kerry his wife and Harley his son at this sad time."