Family's tribute to Bradley Moore as boy, 12, appears in court on murder charge

A family has paid tribute to a father-of-four after a 12-year-old boy appeared in court charged with his murder.

Bradley Moore, 43, was assaulted outside a McDonald's restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, and died from his injuries the following day.

His heartbroken family has "struggled to find the words to describe their great loss" and said that he will "forever be in our hearts".

Daughter Alex said: "My dad was a harmless man and was loved by all those who knew him.

"I will make him proud and I know he will be watching over me, my brothers, Reece and Jack, and my little sister Emma."

Mr Moore's sister Melanie said: "Bradley was a tough character who led a difficult life at times.

"For it to be cut short so tragically is truly heartbreaking. At least he can now rest at ease with our mother. May he rest in peace."

Mr Moore was taken to hospital with numerous injuries on Wednesday night after police were called to reports of an assault outside the McDonald's in Warrington Street in the town centre.

He died in the early hours of the following day.

A 12-year-old boy appeared in both Oldham Magistrates' Court and Manchester Crown Court on Monday alongside two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old.

The four boys, who cannot be named because of their ages, are all charged with murder.

They are due to stand trial on January 16 next year and will next appear in court on August 15 for a preliminary hearing.

The mothers of all four defendants were in court, with a number of them tearful, while the father of one of the 16-year-olds also attended.

As the 12-year-old was led from the dock, his mother wept as she shouted: "Love you son."

The boy responded by blowing a kiss in her direction.

He was remanded into local authority accommodation while his co-accused were all remanded into youth detention custody.