TRIBUTES have been paid to a young man who died after falling down the steps while leaving a bar in Worcester city centre.

James Acheson-Hill was killed by the accidental fall at Heroes in Friar Street shortly after 10pm on Saturday, January 18.

The 27-year-old dad, from Worcester, was taken to hospital but died the following day, Sunday January 19.

Emergency services were called at around 10.20pm on January 18 and police launched an investigation, but Mr Acheson-Hill's death is not being treated as suspicious.

The popular young man, who worked as an engineer at Mazak in Worcester, was described as 'much-loved' by his family.

In a statement, Mr Acheson-Hill's parents paid tribute to him, saying: “James was a devoted father to his son Eddie, a much loved brother to Niamh and a beloved son to us both.

“He was always thinking of others and putting them before himself. He had a great many friends which he was still in contact with from school and was a keen Liverpool FC supporter and would regularly go to Anfield with his friends to watch his team play.

“He loved his work as a senior applications engineer at Mazak in Worcester where his colleagues have described him as a ‘rising star’.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and sympathies and know James would be touched with all the love the family is receiving at this very difficult time.”

Police have passed a file on Mr Acheson-Hill's death to the coroner, a spokesman said.

Detective Constable Bev Hamilton said: “Unfortunately James died as a result of injuries he sustained after a tragic accident while exiting a bar in Friar Street.

“There are no suspicious circumstances and we want to convey our sympathies to the family and our thoughts remain with them at this heart breaking time.”