Tribute to murdered grandfather Stephen Phillips

Crimestoppers has offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Mr Phillips' killer. The family said he was a "jovial, happy-go-lucky man" who was well-known in the area

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The family of a grandfather found dead at his home in Wolverhampton said they have been left "heartbroken, devastated and ripped apart" by what happened.

Stephen Phillips, 54, was discovered with head injuries at his property in Dudley Road, Blackenhall, on 12 March.

Police believe he was robbed in a street the previous night before he later collapsed at home.

The family said he was a "jovial, happy-go-lucky man" who was well-known in the area.

"This is an evil act and for no apparent reason he has been taken from us and his six children, especially the younger ones, have been left devastated," said Mr Phillips's partner Tina Furey.

Two men, aged 22 and 56, arrested on suspicion of murder, and an 18-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, have been bailed.

A 56-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods has been released without charge.

Crimestoppers has offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of his killer.

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