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Kevin Bennett death: Youths questioned in Liverpool

Kevin Bennett
Image caption Kevin Bennett died in hospital six days after the attack

A fifth teenager from Walton has been arrested over the death of a homeless man who was attacked in Liverpool.

Police believe Kevin Bennett was sleeping rough when he was set upon by youths at about 05:30 BST on 17 August in Walton Road, Walton.

The 53-year-old had extensive injuries to his face and body and died in hospital on Thursday.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested earlier in connection with the death. Four other boys are still being questioned.

They are aged 14, 15, 16 and 17.

'Serious violence'

A post-mortem examination found Mr Bennett died as a result of medical complications caused by an assault.

Ch Supt Jon Ward, area commander for north Liverpool, said: "Kevin was a vulnerable member of our community who was probably asleep or minding his own business when he was outnumbered and attacked by a group of youths sometime in the early hours of last Friday.

"We do not know why he was attacked but it is now clear that the serious violence used against him caused his death."

A spokesman said Mr Bennett was well known locally in the pubs around the Walton Road area and would sometimes sleep rough as he was of no fixed abode.

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