Family and friends pay tribute to father with a ‘heart of gold’ who was murdered in Barnsley bar

Police outside The Blue Room Bar on Wellington Street in Barnsley as a murder enquiry is launched following an assault on a man in the early hours of Monday 2nd November 2015'Picture Dean Atkins
Police outside The Blue Room Bar on Wellington Street in Barnsley as a murder enquiry is launched following an assault on a man in the early hours of Monday 2nd November 2015'Picture Dean Atkins
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Family and friends have paid tribute to a father of three with a ‘heart of gold’ who died following an attack in a South Yorkshire bar.

The 45-year-old man – named as Nick Bedford and known as ‘Beddy’ – was found unconscious after being assaulted in the Blue Room bar on Wellington Street, Barnsley.

A murder investigation has been launched.

Sue Leach said:“Beddy you had the heart of a lion. You will be missed by many. Love and condolences to your family and friends.”

Amanda Halliday said: “A Barnsley Legend. Loved by many. RIP to a friend with a heart of gold.”

Laura Elsworth said: “RIP Beddy. Thoughts go out to family and friends. It’s horrifying to think you’re out for a few in your home town and this happens.”

Claire Hampshire said the news was ‘devastating’.

“I am just so shocked. Such a big character.”

Ellie Hunter said: “RIP Beddy , living ledge and your heart will go on. Love to Celia and your three children at this heartbreaking time.”

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at 12.50am on Sunday.

The victim was rushed to hospital but could not be revived and detectives launched a murder probe.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of murder following an assault in Barnsley town centre.

“Officers were called to Wellington Street at around 12.50am today, to reports that a 45-year-old man was unconscious following an assault inside the Blue Room bar.

“The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

Spokesman said officers were at the scene yesterday and confirmed a murder investigation had been launched.

n Call police on 101 quoting incident number 26 of Monday, November 2.