Man dies 10 days after being found in Stoke street with serious head injuries
A 39-YEAR-OLD man has died 10 days after being found in the street with serious head injuries.
Mark Hall, of Penkhull, died at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in the early hours of yesterday.
The father-of-three had been in a coma since being discovered with ‘significant’ head injuries on a bench in Cornwallis Street, Stoke, on Sunday, August 26.
Police cordoned off the area and launched an investigation after reports Mr Hall had been attacked.
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Officers have found no evidence of an assault and the incident is no longer being treated as suspicious but they are still trying to pinpoint exactly what caused his injuries.
It is believed Mr Hall, of Harris Street, could have fallen and hit his head. A post-mortem examination is set to be carried out today to try to determine the cause of death.
Mr Hall lived with his mother, Sandra, who was too upset to speak to The Sentinel yesterday.
But neighbours paid tribute to a ‘quiet’ and ‘pleasant’ man.
Albert Bridgwood, aged 81, said: “I heard that he had been in a coma since he was found, but it was a real shock when I found out he had died. “I know his parents quite well and I used to see him in the street.
“He was pleasant enough and was always a nice man to speak to. This is very sad news.”
Julie Gamble, aged 60, who also lives in Harris Street, added: “This is a real shame and a big shock. I feel very sorry for Mark’s mother.”
Police issued a description of Mr Hall and appealed for witnesses as they tried to piece together how he had been injured.
The incident came days after four people robbed a 28-year-old man in the same area. Grandfather Shawne Shanahan, of Stamer Street, Stoke, said: “What has happened is a shame. It is very sad. CCTV cameras should be put up around there because all sorts goes on.
“There have been muggings and everything.”
Police are now preparing a report into Mr Hall’s death for North Staffordshire coroner Ian Smith.
A spokesman said: “We are still trying to establish how Mr Hall came by his injuries.
“An investigation has found no evidence of an assault and the death is not being treated as suspicious.”
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