I cant believe how awful the news has been over christmas and new year! Look at the story below from the Mirror website... it's time we dealt with scumbags like this!!! I would do time if I got my hands on these B*stards!!! What is the world coming to!?! Father Beaten to death looking for dog! A dad-of-two was beaten to death by vodka-crazed teenagers after going out to find his missing collie. Ron Sharples, 52, was confronted as he walked down the street in the early hours. The mild-mannered projects engineer was knocked down with such force his head made a noise "like a gunshot" as it hit the ground. He was declared dead in hospital. One of the gang fled the scene in Marske-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, early on New Year's Day clutching a vodka bottle and shouting "I dropped him!" Ron was a devoted husband and father who helped out local old folk. His family said: "We're devastated." A neighbour added: "He was a lovely man with a smile for all." Four suspects were held. Three are being questioned. One was freed. Full story below... A drunken yob in a gang that killed innocent dad of two Ron Sharples fled the scene, shouting: "I dropped him! I could go to prison for this." Projects engineer Ron, 52, was confronted by the vodka-fuelled teenagers as he walked home with his dog at 1.50am on New Year's Day. He was beaten senseless. Horrified neighbours heard an "incredible" crack as loud as a gunshot as his head hit the ground. As the thug, clutching a vodka bottle, fled with his mates a resident dashed out to put Ron in the recovery position before paramedics arrived. But the dad had suffered fatal head injuries and was declared dead at hospital. His shocking death added to a grim New Year toll of murder and violence, strengthening the Mirror's nationwide campaign to Reclaim our Streets from louts and drunks. Yesterday Ron's anguished widow Christine, 53, daughter Karen, 22, and son Lee, 25, said in a statement: "He was a lovely, kind, devoted family man, a wonderful husband and father - and an avid Boro supporter. We are devastated at our loss." At the family's semi-detached home in Marske-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, Lee added: "It's all very raw at the moment. "We don't want to go over what happened. Mum is too upset to speak." Ron had been hosting a New Year party for family and friends when he left the gathering to search for his much-loved collie, Charlie, who had run from the house because of the noise of fireworks. He passed three youths aged 16 to 18 and a young girl making a noise as they hung around on the street. Two of the youths were "very drunk". One, about 6ft, was wielding a vodka bottle. A row flared and Ron was knocked to the ground. Resident Alan Griffiths was watching from his window. He said: "There were three lads and a young lass making quite a racket. "The man was walking his dog and got into a bit of a confrontation with two of the lads." As he turned away from the window, he heard a big crack. When he went outside, one of the gang told him he hit Ron because the dad grabbed hold of one of them. Another witness, who did not wish to be named, said: "I heard these drunken kids shouting. Then I heard an incredible bang. I thought it was a gunshot. But it was the the guy falling to the ground. The girl was hysterical. "One of the gang shouted 'I dropped him! I could go to prison for this' as he ran off." Neighbour Marjorie Hawker said: "Ron was a lovely man with a smile for everyone. He'd always help out the old folk with odd jobs." Four people were held. One male has been released. Three suspects are being questioned.