A man has died three months after he was attacked by two youths who he confronted in a Wirral village.
Alan Corney, 67, had challenged the teenagers about their bad behaviour on The Parade in Parkgate one evening last November, when one of them hit him.
He was treated in hospital for a fractured cheekbone and was discharged - but was re-admitted after he collapsed at home, and died on Friday.
Mr Corney's family said: "We can only hope that his attacker is caught."
'Distraught and sickened'
Two 14-year-old boys were interviewed under caution and enquiries are ongoing, said a police spokesman.
The Cheshire force said Mr Corney, who was from Parkgate, was attacked just before 2100 GMT on 14 November.
Moments before he had been walking with his wife, Norma, along the banks of the River Dee.
Mrs Corney, their daughter Alex and son Michael have said they are devastated by his death.
"We are absolutely heartbroken and beside ourselves with grief," they said.
"We are distraught and sickened by the events surrounding his death and it will be a very long time before we can move forward as a family.
"We can only hope that his attacker is caught to prevent this happening to any other family." THE ECHO