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Dorset scooter rally death: David Coxon had 'happy heart'

David Coxon Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Mr Coxon was a member of the Cyder Commando Scooter Club

Relatives of a scooter club member who died after an assault at a rally in a holiday park said he had a "loving, loyal, caring, and happy heart".

David Coxon, 36, from Torquay, Devon, died on Saturday at the Sandford Holiday Park, near Wareham, Dorset.

He was a "unique and treasured son, brother, uncle and friend", they said.

Jason James, 41, of Charles Road, Torquay, who is charged with his manslaughter, has been bailed to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 15 March.

In a statement Mr Coxon's family said: "It still seems utterly inconceivable that David has been so suddenly taken from us.

"He had battled through so many challenges in his life. He would always face them courageously, and somehow find it within himself to get back up.

"We have lost forever his unmistakable huge presence, with booming laugh to match."

Mr Coxon, a member of the Cyder Commando Scooter Club, had been at the park for the 40th anniversary rally of the Modrapheniacs Scooter Club.

Det Insp Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, said: "I would appeal to any witnesses at Sandford Holiday Park who are yet to speak with police to contact us urgently."

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