Burnham murder probe: Brother pays tribute to 'brilliant father' Dean Haverley

James Harrison

Tributes have been paid to a ‘brilliant father’ who died following an assault in a Burnham pub.

Dean Haverley, 48, died in hospital on Saturday morning after he was punched in the George Inn.

Police were called to the High Street pub shortly after midnight after receiving reports of an assault.

On Sunday morning, detectives confirmed they had arrested a 61-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

He has since been released on bail until Friday, September 2.

A post-mortem was carried out on Sunday, but failed to confirm a cause of death, with the results of further tests still pending, which could take several weeks to be completed.

Remembering Dean, who was the youngest of eight siblings, brother Craig, 53, said: “He was my best friend, we were always together, at three years old I can remember breaking his ankle picking him up and dropping him.

“If any of us weren’t together you would have the other people asking where’s the other one?

“People would even mix us up.

“He was a brilliant father and he doted on his kids.”

A collection is also being held to help pay the costs of Mr Haverley’s funeral, which at the time of writing had raised more than £1,300 out of a £2,000 target in less than a week.

In a statement, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Steel said: “My appeal is to anyone who was in The George Inn public house around midnight who witnessed the assault or has any information regarding the incident to contact police immediately.”

He added: “This is an isolated incident and we are conducting a thorough investigation to find out what happened inside the public house last night.

Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 with information.

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jake-haverleybatten?utm_id=1&utm_term=z8QjExqqx to donate to the fund for Mr Haverley’s funeral.

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