The family of a man who died after being attacked in Scarborough have paid tribute to ‘one of life’s characters’.
Peter Houghton, 59, from Hull, died after being attacked in Newborough on Saturday (17 September).
In a statement, his family said: “Pete was one of life’s characters and would help anyone. He was loved by many, he was a devoted husband and a loving family man.
“He loved life, and lived it to the full.”
North Yorkshire Police launched a murder inquiry after Peter’s death.
And YorkMix reported yesterday that officers had arrested a 34-year-old man on on suspicion of murder.
That man “has been interviewed by police, and has been released on conditional bail while the investigation team pursue extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident,” a force spokesperson said today.
Mr Houghton was out celebrating in Scarborough ahead of what would have been his 60th birthday yesterday.
His family are being supported by specialist officers.
Detective Superintendent Fran Naughton of North Yorkshire Police said: “I know this tragic incident will understandably cause concern in the local community, but I want to reassure Scarborough residents that it is an isolated occurrence.
“I would also ask people to avoid speculating about it online while our enquiries continue.
“We have had a positive response to our appeal for information and witnesses so far.
“If anyone else has information that could assist the investigation – particularly people who were in the Newborough/Eastborough area of the town between 9pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 17 September – I would ask them to come forward as soon as possible.”
If you have information, you can contact police on 101 and ask for the Major Investigation Team, quoting reference 12220166855, or email the team here.