THREE youths are due before Redditch Magistrates Court today, Tuesday, February 26, charged with manslaughter.

The charges follow the death of a man who was attacked while walking home from a Redditch pub.

On Monday evening, detectives from West Mercia Police charged three males, two who are aged 17 and another, who is aged 16, with the manslaughter of Nigel Shakespeare on Sunday, February 24. They are all from the Redditch area.

Two other males who were being held by police in connection with the death of Mr Shakespeare have been released without charge.

Mr Shakespeare, aged 50, died after being taken to hospital following an incident in Sillins Avenue on Sunday at about 12.25am. He was walking home with his partner from the Kings Arms pub, in Beoley Road West, when it happened.

A post mortem carried out on Monday determined that Mr Shakespeare had died as a result of head injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Love, who led the enquiry, expressed his gratitude to members of the public who have already come forward as witnesses and said their contribution has been vital to the investigation.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell, Policing Commander for North Worcestershire, said: “Incidents of this type are rare and Redditch is generally a very safe place.”

Police would still like to ask anyone who believes they may have information about the death to get in touch.

Supt urged witnesses or anyone else with information who has not yet come forward to contact detectives in the incident room at Redditch Police Station on the non-emergency number 101 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.