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Tributes paid to 'loveable' Telford assault death man

Derek Whyteside next to a blonde female Image copyright West Mercia Police/Family Handout
Image caption Mr Whyteside's family said he could 'always see the best in people'

The family of a man who died following an assault have described him as a "loveable" man who saw "the best in people".

Derek Whyteside, 42, from Dawley, Telford, died in hospital after being found unconscious in Withywood Drive, Malinslee, on Monday.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder and appeared before Kidderminster magistrates earlier.

Mr Whyteside's family said they "cannot understand why anyone would do this".

In a statement, the family said: "Derek was a nice guy, he was loveable and could always see the best in people and if he considered you a friend he would strive never to let you down.

"He would always be there for you and was very proud of his extended family.

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Image caption Mr Whyteside was found unconscious in Withywood Drive, Malinslee

"He was a fab dad to his partner's children, very protective, cheeky and loving and always meant well. He was Michelle's world and was so good to her. He was a great brother too."

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named, was remanded in custody and will appear at Stafford Crown Court at a date to be fixed.

Two men arrested in connection with the incident have been released on police bail. A woman and two teenage boys have been released under investigation.

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