'Adored' grandfather, 86, dies after 'assault' outside home as teen arrested on suspicion of murder

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Frank Fishwick died after an alleged assault outside his home in Preston. (Lancashire Police/Google)
Frank Fishwick died after an alleged assault outside his home in Preston. (Lancashire Police/Google)

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 86-year-old grandfather and army veteran died following an alleged assault outside his home.

Frank Fishwick, 86, died in hospital on Saturday after the alleged attack at The Paddock in Fulwood, Preston, on Friday.

Police were called to the property at about 3pm and found Mr Fishwick with a facial injury that was later diagnosed as a fractured nose.

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A postmortem examination found he died as a result of his facial injuries, police said.

A 19-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday and remains in custody, said Lancashire Police.

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 tirelessly to bring justice to an unforgivable act of violence.”

Frank Fishwick died after an alleged assault outside his home in Preston. (Google)
Frank Fishwick, 86, died after an alleged assault outside his home in Fulwood, Preston. (Google)

DCI Allen Davies, of the Force Major Investigation Team at Lancashire Police, said: “First and foremost, my thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this extremely distressing time.

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“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.”

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

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