Grieving family of Michael Moss pay tribute to the "loving" father-of-six
A FATHER-OF-SIX who was allegedly murdered has been described by his family as a "loving" dad and son.
Michael Moss, 48, was found injured at his house in Canal Street, Ilkeston, last Wednesday.
He was treated by paramedics but died in the ambulance on the way to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from injuries suffered during an assault.
Yesterday, Mr Moss's family released a statement.
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It said: "Michael was a loving father and son who loved all his children and grandchildren."
They said they wanted to thank the police for the way they had investigated Mr Moss's "premature death".
The statement continued: "The police have kept us informed of developments throughout the continuing investigation and we have found great comfort in the knowledge that all is being done to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"We would also like to thank the wider Ilkeston and Cotmanhay community for their support, both of the police and of everyone who has been affected by Michael's death."
Four people have been charged in connection with Mr Moss's death.
Jamie Elliot, 26, of North Street, Alfreton, and a 23-year-old have been charged with Mr Moss's murder while Alan Chapman, 26, of Bass Street, Derby, and his mother, Collette Booth, 46, of Mill Street, Ilkeston, have been charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
All four are next due at Nottingham Crown Court on February 15.
Meanwhile, detectives have produced a leaflet which they will be distributing in the community this week.
Officers are appealing for people who saw two white men leaving the house around the time of the incident, at about 9pm, to come forward.
They are also asking people to contact them if they saw a silver vehicle in the area on the night of the murder. The two men were allegedly seen getting into the vehicle and driving off.
The leaflet, which has Mr Moss pictured on it, asks: "Did you see the men or the vehicle?"
An inquest into Mr Moss's death was opened on Monday.
Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court heard how police were called to the house by a neighbour.
Detective Constable Damian Lowe said officers found the man motionless on his right-hand side in the living room. They tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at Queen's Medical Centre, in Nottingham, after being taken there by ambulance.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.