Community shocked after father is killed in the street
Floral tributes have been laid at the spot on a Weston-super-Mare estate where a man died following a late-night assault.
Around a dozen bouquets, some single red roses and teddy bears have been laid on the corner of Baildon Crescent on the town's Bournville Estate where the man – named locally as Mark Roberts – was found with serious injuries early on Saturday morning.
The father-of-two was taken to hospital but died the following day.
Police have launched a murder inquiry and several people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
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Detectives spent the weekend carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area and Baildon Road remained cordoned off throughout Saturday while examinations of the scene continued. A police spokesman said: "In the early hours of Saturday morning the man was assaulted in Baildon Road. He was taken to hospital but died on Sunday.
"His family is being supported by a specially trained family liaison officer. "A murder investigation continues and several people have been arrested in connection with his death. Enquiries will continue in the coming weeks."
Local residents say the death has left the community shocked.
Gary Avey, 53, who has lived at Baildon Road for seven years, said: "It is normally relatively quiet down here. Someone told me something bad had happened and when I went to look I saw the road was taped off. It's very sad that something like this can happen and it has shocked the local community."
Mum-of-two, Trudi Penny, 22, lives just feet away from where Mark was found collapsed. The part-time chef, said: "I wasn't well on Friday night so had gone to bed early and was out cold. The next thing I knew was around 1am when I saw the blue lights flashing in my window. I then had the police knock at my door around 2am to ask me if I had seen anything."
Another neighbour, Fred Newman, 56, said: "I didn't hear anything, but it's not unusual to hear shouting outside on a Friday night."
One of the floral tributes said: "Mark you were a sound bloke always up for a laugh and a drink... a true member of the Sunday Social club."