Tributes have been paid to a man who died after being assaulted.
Police were called to Barrack Lane, Harwich, just before 10pm on Sunday, July 31 with reports a man had been assaulted. He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital, where he died on Tuesday, August 2.
The victim has been identified as Michael Beckwith, 44, of Goodlake Close, Harwich.
Mr Beckwith’s mother, Iris Beckwith, said: “Michael was born in Barking Hospital in 1971 and grew up in the East Ham area of London.
“Michael and myself moved to Essex in 2003 following the early death of his father and sister.
“At first, Michael was employed at a poultry factory in Witham before finding employment at a residential home in Weeley for people with mental health illnesses.
“He enjoyed what he did and I believe he’d found his vocation in making people’s lives better.
“He had been working at the home for six years before he passed away and I’ve received many kind words from his work colleagues, which make me realise how well thought of he was.
“Michael liked fishing and was a member of Harwich Angling Club. He also liked listening to Elvis Presley and loved classic cars. He was also an animal lover.
“Michael was only 44 when he passed away. His passing came far too soon for a young man who just wanted to make people’s lives better.
“He will be very much missed by me and all who knew him.”