Family tribute: Police suspect murder of Wigan dad found unconscious in street on Father’s Day

By Dean Wilkins

The family of a Wigan dad who died from head injuries after being found unconscious on Father’s Day are paying tribute to him.

Francis Farrell, 56, was found in the street with severe injuries on June 17 but died three days later in hospital after police bailed a 35-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault.

A post mortem examination revealed that Mr Farrell died as a result of a head injury and police are treating his death as murder.

His family said: “Francis was a good son, brother and uncle. He kept himself to himself and was a quiet person. Francis lived his life how he wished and would cause no harm to anyone.

“We as a family cannot understand why this tragedy has happened.

“If anyone has any information big or small please come forward to give our family closure.

“We would also like to thank everyone for everything that was done for Francis whilst he was in hospital and for the many cards and thoughts of condolence that we have received.

“Francis son and grandson have both said how much they are missing him.”

Mr Farrell had been drinking in various pubs in Wigan town centre and was last seen leaving Wiend Bar at about 3.50am.

He was then seen on CCTV walking down Frog Lane eight minutes later but was found by a passerby who called an ambulance at about 4.10am.

Francis was wearing a black fleece jacket, light blue jeans, black shoes, and a black hat.

Francis was known locally to his friends as Fran, France, and Franny.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Rawlinson, said: “Francis was a 56-year-old man, who was much loved by his family and friends.

“He was attacked on Sunday June 17, Fathers Day, while minding his own business on his way home after enjoying an evening out in Wigan town centre

“Whoever is responsible left him injured, unconscious and lying half in the road on Frog Lane.

“I believe that someone out there knows exactly how Francis came by his injuries that night. I would urge them to think about what Francis’s family are going through, and to call me with whatever information they have.

“In particular I would like to hear from anyone who saw Francis in Wigan town centre that night.”

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