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26 November 2013, 09:14
A Morpeth man who died after being attacked on a night out in Chester has been named as 63 year old Ronald Hayes.
He suffered serious injuries following an assault near to the Liverpool Arms Bar, in Northgate Street at around 12.50am on Saturday 23rd November.
A murder enquiry has been launched and two men both aged 26 and from the Ellesmere port area have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.
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 1 o' clock yesterday lunchtime.
A Home Office post mortem will take place today.