An “adored” grandad died after a “teen thug” attacked him and smashed his nose outside his home.
Frank Fishwick, 86, was left with a fractured nose following the horrific assault at around 3pm on Friday.
Officers were called to the scene in the Fulwood area of Preston, Greater Manchester, and found the pensioner with facial injuries.
He was rushed to hospital but tragically died the following day.
A post mortem examination found the former Royal Engineer’s cause of death to be as a consequence of the injuries he suffered during the assault, police said.
Lancashire Police launched a murder probe and a 19-year-old man was arrested on Sunday in relation to the grandad’s death.
In a statement, Mr Fishwick’s 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.”
Lancashire Police said: “We were called at around 3pm on Friday (September 10 th ) to The Paddock, Fulwood following a report of an assault.
“Officers have attended and found a man in his 80s with a facial injury. He was later taken to hospital for treatment but sadly died yesterday morning.
“A post mortem examination found the cause of death to be as a consequence of his facial injuries.
“A murder investigation was launched and following a number of enquiries, a 19-year-old man from Preston has today (September 12) been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody.”
DCI Allen Davies, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this extremely distressing time.
“A murder investigation is underway and while we have made an arrest our enquiries are still very much ongoing and I would ask any witnesses to please get in touch. I would also ask people to check their CCTV or dashcam footage from around the area to see if they have captured anything which could assist our enquiries.
“I appreciate this incident will cause residents a great deal of concern and we have increased reassurance patrols in the area. There are also officers carrying out door to door enquiries. If you see them in the area feel free to say hello and pass on any information you may have.”
Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to come forward.
A spokesperson said: “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.