Tributes paid to ex-soldier who died in Rugby

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Tributes have been paid to an ex-soldier who died in Rugby town centre on Sunday morning.

David Ryding, from Moreton in Wirral, Merseyside was taken to hospital with a head injury following an incident in Market Place, Rugby at around 5am on Sunday morning.

He died at around 3.30am on Monday after his life support machine was switched off.

Mr Ryding lived with his wife Nicola and young daughter, was in the First Battalion the Mercian Regiment but retired from the service in 2011

Friends of Mr Ryding have paid tribute to him on their Facebook sites.

One, Aaron Dunbar, who is also a former soldier, wrote: “Absolutely devastated, good friend taken too soon.

“Heart goes out to your wife, daughter, family and friends.

“Dave it was a pleasure to know and serve with you my friend. Rest in peace.”

Colin Boyd, assistant headteacher at Wallasey School where Mr Ryding attended, said: “David was a lively and popular student who was well-liked by his peers and staff at Wallasey School.

“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends at this sad time.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “Any death is tragic and obviously our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

Following the incident a 21 year old man from Rugby was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Two other men, aged 25 and 27, who were arrested for affray as part of the incident have also been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Witnesses can call police on 02476 483204 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.