Get-away teenager dies after street attack

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A teenager whose family relocated from another part of the country for a better life has died after he was attacked in the street.

David Cox, 18, was left seriously injured in the attack in Bessacarr, Doncaster, on Monday night. His life-support machine was switched off yesterday afternoon.

It is understood he suffered from autism and dyspraxia and had a mental age of eight.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "An 18-year-old man has died after he sustained serious head injuries following an altercation involving a group of teenagers at around 10.15pm on Monday.

"The three men, all aged 18 or 19, who were arrested on suspicion of assault, have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

"A post-mortem will be carried out today."

The victim's father, Clive Cox told The Sheffield Star: "We moved from a really rough area of Leicester because we thought Bessacarr would be a nicer place."

He said recently there had been an armed robbery at the local newsagent and a man killed outside a pub. He also said his car had been broken into.

David Cox had been playing football with his sister and her boyfriend when the attack happened as they called at a shop on their way home.

Mr Cox added: "We've no idea how to deal with all this really - I don't think it's really sunk in."

He added: "David was a loveable kid, and a little monster at times. He was struggling with himself because he was frustrated - he just wanted to be like any other 18-year-old but of course he wasn't."