A 57-year-old man who was attacked after tackling teenage vandals has died in hospital.
The man was assaulted by up to eight youths at 10.45pm on Friday on Station Road North in Warrington, Cheshire.
He was taken to Warrington General Hospital but died, police said.
The victim is understood to have approached youths causing criminal damage in the area but was then attacked.
A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said eight male youths, aged between 15 and 19, were arrested and were helping with inquiries.
I wonder when the area in question had last seen a police patrol? Perhaps if there were more police actually walking the streets on a regular basis then, in the first place, vandalism of the kind these scum were perpetrating would be less frequent, and, furthermore, people like the victim in this case would be less at risk if they did intervene to stop such a crime being committed.As a result of the essential abdication by the police of their duty to maintain law and order, we are, as Gareth at BNP and Me wrote after he had a run-in with a couple of graffiti "artists" a few months back, left with a choice between putting ourselves at risk of serious, potentially fatal, injury, and allowing young thugs to vandalise property and intimidate communities without any repercussions. Perhaps if the law-abiding citizenry were allowed to carry guns the situation might be rather better...
As for the thugs who did this: words are inadequate to express the loathing I feel towards them. Only the lowest kind of scum would actually kill someone because he asked them to stop doing something that was both illegal and wrong. As far as I am concerned, they are a good advertisement for the death penalty.
Update: More details of the crime are now available from the Daily Mail (thanks to a commenter for the link). The victim's name was Gary Newlove, and he was reportedly attacked after challenging teenagers who were throwing stones at a mechanical digger parked in his driveway. Apparently, there was a pre-existing problem with young thugs in the area drinking, taking drugs, vandalising property, and intimidating residents, and Mr Newlove had been attempting to set up a neighbourhood watch scheme in an effort to challenge this pattern of behaviour.