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Family pay tribute to grandfather who died following assault

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The family of an elderly man who died following an assault outside his home in Preston have paid tribute to an "adored father and grandfather."

We were called at around 3pm on Friday to The Paddock, Fulwood following a report of an assault. Officers attended and found a man aged 86 with a facial injury, later diagnosed as a fractured nose. 

The man, later named as Frank Fishwick (pictured holding one of grandchildren) was taken to hospital for treatment but sadly died yesterday morning.

In a statement his family said: "An adored father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by family and friends.  He served in the Army Royal Core of Engineers and committed his working life to Leyland Motors.  

"He was well liked by his friends, offered a helping hand when needed and his humour brought cheer to many.  Our thanks are extended to Lancashire Police who are working tireless to bring justice to an unforgivable act of violence."

A murder investigation was launched and following a number of enquiries, a 19-year-old man from Preston has today been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody.

We are continuing to appeal for witnesses and asking anybody who witnessed the assault or who has any information at all that they think might help to get in contact with the police.

Our thoughts remain with Mr Fishwick's family at this distressing time.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 0879 of September 10, 2021.

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