More than a week on since the murder of Ronald Hayes, a gay grandfather who was fatally assaulted near a gay bar in Chester, police are still urging the public to assist them with their inquiries.

Mr Hayes, aged 63 from Morpeth in Northumberland suffered serious injuries following an assault near to the Liverpool Arms Bar, in Northgate Street at around 12.50am on Saturday 23 November 2013.

He was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a critical condition, and subsequently placed on a ventilator. The ventilator was switched off shortly before 1pm last Monday.

Two men both aged 26 and from nearby Ellesmere Port have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

Cheshire Constabulary say they are investigating numerous lines of enquiry but detectives are understood to be looking into whether Mr Hayes was the victim of a homophobic attack.

It is understood that Mr Hayes had been in the Liverpool Arms Bar during the course of the evening, and was attacked after leaving the pub.

It is believed his attackers were in the bar during the evening.

Police are continuing to ask anyone who was in the Liverpool Arms bar, or the area of Northgate Street where the attack occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, and who may have any information of relevance, to contact Chester police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident number 50 of 23/11/2013.

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