A MAN who died after hitting his head on the floor after being punched near a nightclub has been formally identified.

Malcom Callender, from Crowthorne died after suffering a blow to his head after being punched to the ground and hitting his head on it.

A post mortem examination, which took place on April 14, concluded that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

The incident took place at around 11.30pm on Friar Street in Reading, near Matchbox nightclub where two men were in a disagreement.

He was taken to hospital for treatment but died after arriving.

His next of kin are being supported by specially trained officers, he is yet to be formally identified.

An 18-year-old man from Crowthorne has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail until May 10.

The two men are believed to have known each other.

The incident was initially investigated as a murder but police confirmed it has now been classified as a manslaughter investigation.

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Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Sally Spencer, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This incident was initially investigated as a murder investigation, however having now conducted a number of enquiries this case has now been classified as a manslaughter investigation.

“I understand that this incident will cause concern to local residents, but I want to reassure the community that this was an isolated incident between two people who were known to each other.

“I want to take this opportunity to appeal to any witnesses or anyone with information to please come forward. The town was busy on Friday night so I am sure there are some people who are witnesses but were perhaps unaware of the seriousness of the situation.”

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.