Essex

Harwich murder victim 'made people's lives better'

Michael Beckwith Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Keen fisherman, Michael Beckwith, who died of serious head injuries following an attack.

Tributes have been paid to a man who died in an attack in Essex.

Police said Michael Beckwith, 44, was assaulted with a metal object in Barrack Lane, Harwich, on 31 July.

Three people, a man and woman in their 20s and a teenage boy, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody.

Michael's mother, Iris Beckwith, said her son "would be very much missed by me and all who knew him."

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She added: "His passing came far too soon for a young man who just wanted to make people's lives better."

Image caption Police sealed off Barrack Lane in Harwich

Mr Beckwith worked as a carer at a residential home for people with mental health illnesses.

A keen fisherman, he was a member of Harwich Angling club after moving to the county from London in 2003 following the death of his father and sister.

His mother said he also liked listening to Elvis Presley and loved classic cars and animals.

Essex Police appealed for witnesses.

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