Man arrested after 18-year-old dies following assault in the centre of Bath

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old died in hospital following an assault in the centre of Bath in the early hours of Monday 1st November.

A police car with flashing blue lights

The incident happened in Corn Street between 2.30am and 3am, almost immediately after an altercation at McDonald’s in nearby Southgate Street.

18-year-old Benjamin Smith, from Melksham, was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment to a head injury but sadly died on Tuesday evening, 2nd November.

Avon & Somerset Police say Benjamin’s family are being supported by specialist officers and have asked for privacy as they come to terms with their loss.

While the cause of death has yet to be confirmed, a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The 19-year-old was initially arrested on Monday on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm but has today, Wednesday 3rd November, been arrested on suspicion of murder.

He remains in police custody. Officers say their investigation is continuing, and are now appealing for any footage of the incident, either from dashcams or mobile phones.

Detective Inspector Ben Lavender of the Major Crime Investigation Team said: “This is a tragedy and our sympathies are with Benjamin’s family in their grief.

“We’re working hard to get answers for them and if you were in the area of Southgate Street, St James’s Parade or Corn Street between 2.30am and 3am on Monday you may be able to help.

“If you saw the incident or have dashcam or phone footage which could help please call 101 and give the reference 5221256064.”

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Bath Echo