Nick Knowles’ emotional tribute to DIY SIS dad who died after football attack
21st October 2020

Nick Knowles has taken to social media to share a touching tribute to a dad-of-three who appeared on DIY SOS.

Simon Dobbin, 48, who appeared on the home transformation show died just five years after he was left severely brain-damaged after being attacked by a group of football hooligans.

The 48-year-old was attacked after watching Cambridge United play Southend United in an attack that lasted 90 seconds back in March 2015.

Taking to Twitter, Nick, 58, said his thoughts were with Simon's family following the heartbreaking news of his passing.

In a statement shared to his 155,300 followers, Knowles said: "Very sad news.

"His family put everything aside to care for him. Our sympathies are with them."

Nick and the DIY SOS crew first met the Cambridge United fan back in 2019 when a huge number of volunteers offered to help transform Simon's home to fit his needs.

The group changed the Dobbin's dining room into Simon's bedroom, complete with a wet room and cameras.

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By installing a wet room, it meant Simon was given a sense of independence after wife Nicole who was also his full-time carer, didn't need to wash him anymore.

The cameras also allowed him to enjoy time alone, rather than having Nicole at his side 24 hours a day.

Following the unprovoked attack in 2015, Simon was left unable to walk or talk.

Thirteen men were later convicted for the assault but Essex Police are now "reviewing" the original investigation and are in talks as to whether any further charges will be brought against the attackers.

Essex Police's Detective Chief Inspector, Stephen Jennings said: "Our thoughts go to Simon's family and friends at this very difficult time.

"We will review the initial investigation to establish whether we need to take any further action."

Nine members of the group were put behind bars for violent disorder with their sentences varying from five years and 16 months.

Three were also jailed for conspiracy to commit violent disorder, with the sentences being two-and-a-half years and three years.

While one was convicted of assisting an offender and was later handed a suspended sentence.

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