A DAD was killed by a stranger who punched him after flagging him down as he drove through a quiet village, it was claimed today.

Matthew Oubridge, 56, was travelling to pick up one of his sons from Trellech in Monmouthshire when he was waved down by a man on foot.

But when pulled over, the pedestrian landed a single punch on the dad-of-two, according to horrified locals.

Sadly Matthew couldn't be saved and was declared dead shortly after he was found unconscious at the side of the road.

A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has since been released on bail.

Tributes have now flooded in for Matthew following the horror on Saturday night.

His ex-wife Nicola Oubridge told The Sun Online the dad was a "gentle soul" with "no history of aggression or violence".

She also said she believes it is a "possibility" he was flagged down and punched by the attacker but said she is "still in the dark".

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One Trellech local backed the theory, saying: "I was told by the police that this man flagged this poor guy down and killed him with a single punch.

“The reasons why are still a mystery. He may have been trying to steal his car or they just had a quarrel. We don’t know.

"It is absolutely tragic. This poor man was on his way to Monmouth from his home in Chepstow to collect his son, the cops told me.”

Police were called to the historic village on Saturday following reports of an assault.

They are now appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

DCI Matt Sedgebeer, the senior investigating officer, said:"As our investigation continues, officers will be making further enquiries so it is possible that you may see ongoing police activity as part of this work.

"Please do not be alarmed and if you have any concerns, then please do stop and talk to us.

"We want to hear from anyone with information who has not yet spoken to the police and particularly those with CCTV or dashcam footage between 7pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 4 December in Trellech.

"Anyone with details should call 101, quoting log reference 2100424065, or you can also send us a direct message on Facebook or Twitter. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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