DEREK LEVERS: Family's thanks to Ilkeston community after pensioner dies following altercation

Derek Levers' family have released this photo of him with his grandson Rick Barson.
Derek Levers' family have released this photo of him with his grandson Rick Barson.

The family of a pensioner who died after an altercation at his Ilkeston home have thanked the community for their support.

Derek Levers, 86, collapsed after the incident on Station Road on Sunday and sadly died on Monday morning.

Tributes have since been paid to the popular pensioner, and now his family have expressed their gratitude for the kind words.

His daughters Sue and Jill and grandson Rick said: "The family of Derek would like to express our gratitude for all of your kind comments.

"Special thanks to the gentleman passing, whilst walking his dog, who performed CPR.

"It is comforting to realise how many decent people live in Ilkeston.

"Once again, thanks for the support at this difficult time."

An inquest into Mr Levers death is due to open tomorrow (Thursday).

• A 31-year-old Ilkeston man has been arrested in connection with Derek’s death and is being questioned by detectives.

Anyone with information should phone 101, quoting reference 17000201259, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.