A teenager has been charged with the murder of a Scots grandfather-of-eight who died after being found with severe head injuries.

Tony McCorry, who cared for the homeless , was discovered at his home in Sutton Coldfield, in the West Midlands on Wednesday.

A teenager has been charged in connection with the death of Tony McCorry

The pensioner was rushed to hospital but died a short time later, at around 3.45am.

Tony grew up in a Glasgow orphanage but moved to Birmingham in the late 1960s.

A woman, aged 21, and a 19-year-old man were both arrested later that day on suspicion of murdering the "friendly and popular" grandfather.

Police said the woman had since been released without any further action while Rhys Reynolds, 19, from Kingstanding, Birmingham, was charged with murder.

Polcie outside Tony McCorry's home in the West Midlands

It came as family members paid tribute to the dad-of-two and described Tony as a man "who had nothing but generosity in his heart."

They said in a statement issued by police: "Tony grew up in a Glasgow orphanage, moving to Birmingham as a young man in the late 1960s to the city he grew to love.

"His working life was spent helping those less fortunate than himself, caring for the homeless.

"He leaves two sons and eight grandchildren; the world now feels a colder place without Tony who had nothing but generosity in his heart.

"He will be greatly missed."

Tony McCorry moved to Birmingham in the late 1960s

West Midlands Police said a post-mortem examination has so far proved inconclusive and further tests will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Detective Inspector Nick Barnes, from the force's homicide team, said: "My thoughts remain with Mr McCorry's family at this sad time, they've been fully updated with this development.

"I'm still keen to speak to anyone who was in the Stonehouse Road area of Sutton Coldfield or The Sutton Park Hotel pub on Tuesday evening who hasn't yet come forward."

Tony McCorry grew up in a Glasgow orphanage

Friends of Tony said the pensioner would often get walked home from his local pub by staff or customers as he was unsteady on his feet.

Pal Richard Dixon, 59, said: "Sometimes two of the staff would walk him home, or some of the patrons would, as it was only up the road.

"He was a very nice, lovely man. We told him that he needed to get a scooter as he couldn't walk well."

Another added: "Tony was a gentleman.

"He could be a bit unsteady on his feet at the best of times, so somebody would always walk him home to make sure he was safe."

Tony McCorry was unsteady on his feet so would often walk home with staff or punters from The Sutton Park pub and hotel

Neighbour Steven Burke, 76, added: "It is such a shame. He was a nice guy.

"We were hoping he had just fallen and hurt himself, but when we saw the police tape we knew it was serious."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 214 of December 11.

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