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Grandfather beaten and robbed was 'all round good guy'

An 87-year-old grandfather who died after being beaten and robbed in his own home was "an all-round good guy", his family said today.

Frank Worsley, whose wife Mary died last September, was woken by an intruder who broke into his house in Longfield Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester.

The widower was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke and a bleed to his brain after the attack.

He failed to recover and died in hospital yesterday afternoon, Greater Manchester Police said.

"Frank was a loving father to Steven and Catherine, grandfather to Karen and Michael. He was also a father-in-law, brother-in-law and a friend to many.

"Frank fought in WW2. He was in the Royal Navy Medical Corps and had written about his time on board various warships, giving his family a snippet of how life was during the war."

– Family statement

Tributes to pensioner attacked at home

Tributes are being paid to an 87 year old man who died after he was attacked in his own home in Bolton.

Those who knew the grandfather who was beaten and robbed in Greater Manchester say he was a "solid, dependable guy".

Frank Worsley, whose wife Mary died last September, was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke and a bleed to his brain after the attack.

Mr Worsley, who used to work for the Co-operative Society before retirement, was active in his local church, St Bede's in Bolton, until his wife's illness meant Reverend Malcolm Bristow would visit their home to give communion.

"The church has been praying for Frank and people have been asking how he is. He was cared for and an active Christian in his life.

"He was dedicated to his church and his wife and his faith. He was a solid guy, he was a dependable sort of guy.

"Whenever anything like this happens in a local community, people are shocked and concerned and worried.

"It's a sad enough time when somebody loses a loved one at whatever age, but when a loved one is lost in tragic circumstances such as this, it just intensifies the situation. It is extremely sad."

– Mr Bristow, assistant curate at St Bede's

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Police appeal after pensioner dies

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Frank's family at this devastating time for them, after he sadly passed away in hospital yesterday. We will do all we can to support them. "Our investigation into this case is ongoing and we are appealing for anyone that may have seen a suspicious person or vehicle in the Longfield Road area of Bolton in the early hours of Saturday 3 August, to contact us.

– Senior Investigating Officer Andy Tattersall

Pensioner dies after attack in own home

An 87 year old man has died weeks after being attacked in his home in Bolton. Frank Worsley was robbed and beaten when he was woken up by an intruder on Longfield Road just after midnight on Saturday 3 August.

Frank was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke and a bleed to his brain, but died there yesterday afternoon.

A Home Office post-mortem examination is due to take place today, 21 August 2013, to determine the cause of Frank's death.

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