Police probe footballer's stag trip death

POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 25-year-old Felixstowe man whose body was found in a Birmingham hotel room.Michael Agar, well known in the Ipswich Sunday morning football league, is believed to have been on a stag weekend when he died.

POLICE are today investigating the sudden death of a 25-year-old Felixstowe man whose body was found in a hotel room on the outskirts of Birmingham.

Michael Agar, a popular identity in the Ipswich Sunday morning football league, is believed to have been visiting the city with a group of friends on a stag weekend.

West Midlands Police are handling the investigation into the death, with early tests proving inconclusive. It is currently being treated as unexplained but is not thought to be suspicious.

Officers were called to the hotel in Edgbaston on Sunday morning following the discovery of Mr Agar's body.


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A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “The coroner has been informed of the death of a man whose body was found in a room in a hotel in Hagley Road, Edgbaston, on the morning of Sunday, March 9.

“A post-mortem into the man's death has proved inconclusive and the police and coroner are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

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“Due to the post-mortem results police are treating the death as unexplained but there are no obvious suspicious circumstances being investigated.

“The man, aged 25 and from Felixstowe in Suffolk, had been staying in Birmingham over the weekend with friends. His family are being informed.”

Mr Agar's death has left Felixstowe's Ferry Boat football team stunned.

The 25-year-old, from Ickworth Court, was a popular player in the team prior to this season. Since then he was a regular fixture on the sidelines cheering on his mates.

Barry Glover, manager of the Ferry Boat team, said “Everyone is a bit in the dark about what happened.

“He was a very loyal player who regardless of whether he was going to get a game or not he would always turn up for a game.

“He was always very friendly. Everybody is saying what a nice guy he was.

“He came to us when he was 15 or 16. We were the only senior team that he ever played for.

“Even when he stopped playing he still used to come and spectate. We were always happy to see him.”

Mr Glover said the team had been told that the 25-year-old had been visiting Birmingham with a group of friends on a stag weekend.

News of the death reached Mr Agar's former team mates on Sunday during a game between Ferry Boat and Felixstowe Hoppers at Trimley Social Club when police in Birmingham were trying to contact his relatives.

Mr Glover said: “Somebody called me up to see if I knew his address because the police in Birmingham wanted to contact his parents.

“We were already in the throws of the game so we decided we'd wait until after the game to tell the players, then we called both teams over and that was when we broke the news.”

Players from the Ferry Boat are set to hold a minute's silence on Sunday when they play at Woodbridge in tribute to their former player.

A spokeswoman for Birmingham and Solihull Coroner today confirmed the coroner had been informed but the inquest has not yet been opened.

“At the moment it's still in the investigation stage,” she said.

Send your tributes to Michael Agar to starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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