A devoted father was hit on the head with a cricket bat and died after he went to look for his children’s stolen bikes, his partner has said.
Derek Whyteside, 42, was allegedly attacked in a street in less than mile from his home in Telford, Shropshire at 4.30pm on Monday afternoon.
He was rushed to hospital with a fractured skull and placed in an induced coma but died hours later of horrific head injuries.
His devastated partner Michelle has now claimed the father-of-three was hit around the head with cricket bat and stamped on before being left unconscious.
Writing on social media, she said: ‘Sum one thought it wud b ok to wrap a cricket bat round his head. While he’s dying on the floor. He’s been jumped on and punched in the face.’
Hours earlier, Michelle had posted an appeal online claiming a pair of mountain bikes had been stolen from outside their home.
It is thought Mr Whyteside had gone looking for the bikes before he was found lying in a pool of blood and unconscious a mile away in Withywood Drive.