A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a paedophile who was attacked in his home in Stonehouse, Stroud.

John Coxon, 77, died on March 25 of this year, two months after the attack on January 12 that left him with a severe head injury.

He had been treated in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital following the assault.

A 64-year-old man who had initially been detained for grievous bodily harm has since been re-arrested for murder.

Neighbours said they were "relieved" he had been killed and that his death was "fair play".

One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said Coxon’s house was regularly targeted by vigilantes and that police had even installed a CCTV camera on a lamppost near her home in a bid to protect him.

She said: "His house was targeted by the kids all the time, they would come along and egg it or smash the windows.

"I’m not sad he’s dead, it’s a relief. I had to bring up my children in this street, and I was always reluctant to allow them out the front to play."

Another neighbour, who has lived on the street for five years, added: "It’s not a tragedy for us.

"If he was killed, then fair play.

"Obviously the person who did it will have to serve their sentence, but they’ll probably be hailed a hero on the inside."

Coxon first appeared in court in 2009 when it was discovered that he had indecent images of children.

In 2016, he spent time behind bars for the same crime, and in 2017, when he breached an order by talking to a seven-year-old girl.

Police will remain at his home this week as an investigation into his death continues.

Detective Inspector Adam Stacey said: "Over the coming days there will be a police presence at Mr Coxon’s address in Stonehouse while further searches take place there.

"We wanted to let the local community know why we’re in the area, and to also urge anyone who thinks they have information relating to Mr Coxon’s death to please come forward.

"As Mr Coxon also died several months ago, we’re keen to hear from anyone who has heard anything about what led to his death."

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