The death of a Northumberland man following an assault near a pub in Chester has led to the launch of a murder probe.
Ronald Hayes, 63, from Morpeth, suffered serious injuries following an assault near to the Liverpool Arms Bar, in Northgate Street, at around 12.50am on Saturday.
A murder investigation has been launched and two men, both aged 26 and from the Ellesmere Port area, have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.
A statement from Ronald’s family said: “Those closest to Ronald describe him as a doting partner, father and grandfather whose spirit and energy was infectious.
“He had a drive for life that outweighed his years. We are all deeply saddened.”
It is understood that Ronald had been in the Liverpool Arms Bar during the course of the evening and was attacked after leaving the premises. It is believed his attackers were in the bar during the evening.
He was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a critical condition and subsequently placed on a ventilator. The ventilator was switched off shortly before 1pm yesterday.
A Home Office post-mortem is due to take place today.
Police are continuing their inquiries in Chester and asking for anyone who was in the bar or the area around the time of the incident to get in touch.