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Warwick grandfather death: No further action against teens

William Heathcote was found near his home in Pickard Street, Warwick Image copyright Warwickshire Police
Image caption William Heathcote was described as "a wonderful person"

No further action will be taken against four teenagers arrested over the death of a "wonderful" grandfather, police have said.

Widower William Heathcote was discovered in Pickard Street, Warwick, at 20:50 GMT on 18 November and was later pronounced dead at hospital.

The teenagers - two girls, aged 16 and 18, and two men, 17 - were among seven arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

A 23 year-old man, also arrested, has been re-bailed until April.

Two other teenagers - a girl and boy aged 15 - were released in November, with Warwickshire Police saying no action would be taken against them.

The 75-year-old's family described Mr Heathcote as "a wonderful person with a heart of gold".

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Image caption William Heathcote was found near his home in Pickard Street, Warwick

"He had a good sense of humour and enjoyed a laugh and a joke," a statement said. "It is devastating to have lost him."

Mr Heathcote was born in Yardley, Birmingham, but emigrated to Canada when he was a teenager and met his wife June.

They lived in Warwickshire before June died in 2005. His family said he was well known in the automotive trade.

Police appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

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