Murder probe launched into death after assault

Paul Groom Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Paul Groom's condition deteriorated after he made it home, police said

A murder probe has been launched after a man died following an assault on Merseyside.

Paul Groom, 48, died in hospital on Saturday night after he sustained head injuries earlier in the week.

Detectives believe Mr Groom, who is originally from Wrexham, was attacked at a home in Staunton Crescent, Kirkby, early on Thursday morning.

Paramedics were called to his home in Fazakerley, Liverpool, on Saturday morning but he died that evening.

Post-mortem tests found he died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Det Insp Craig Turner, of Merseyside Police, said: "We believe he was involved in an altercation either inside or outside a house in Stanton Crescent, Kirkby, in the early hours of Thursday.

"We need to establish Paul's movements from Wednesday night through to Saturday morning and trace everyone he was with.

"I'd encourage people to look at his picture and cast their minds back to see if they remember seeing him.

"Paul was wearing a camouflage jacket and camouflage trousers and often walked his pet dog, a brown whippet, in the local area."

Police said Mr Groom's family in north Wales had been left devastated by his death.