Moordverdagte, 43, will appear in court after 76-year-old was found strangled to death in his home on New Year’s Day
Detectives investigating a widower’s sudden death in Blackpool on New Year’s Day have charged a man with murder.
Lancashire Police were called at around 4.35pm on Saturday, Januarie 1, to reports of a man found slumped in a doorway at an address in Eccleston Road.
Emergency services attended and sadly confirmed the man dead at the scene. He has since been identified as Malcolm Frary, 76.
A Home Office post mortem examination has taken place with a cause of death given as strangulation.
Two men were arrested by police in connection with Mr Frary’s death.
Malcolm Frary, 76, was found dead at his home on Eccleston Road, Blackpool, at around 4.35pm on Saturday, Januarie 1
Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Ian Dunne, 43, of Withnell Road, Blackpool, is van moord aangekla. He is due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
'N Tweede man, bejaardes 51 and from Blackpool, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Mr Frary, a former engineer, was a father-of-four who had lived in the house for at least 40 jare, neighbours said.
He had lived alone since his wife died around 20 jare terug, Daar word geglo.
One 67-year-old woman who lived on the street said: ‘He has lived down here for over 40 jare. He was a very quiet, unassuming man.
‘He kept himself to himself, especially after his wife died. He enjoyed his model boats.
Neighbours of an elderly widower found ‘slumped in the doorway’ of his Blackpool home have spoken of their shock
‘When we went out on New Year’s Day, we had seen his door open, and we saw some activity down the street.
‘When we came back we saw the police and Malcolm’s house was taped off.
‘We assumed it was a break-in. It was the next day we went to ask if Malcolm was alright, and that was how we were told.
‘We’re still in shock. The fact that we were in our homes and he was in such frightening circumstances. What an awful way for his life to end.
‘This was such a family-friendly street, and all our kids played together. One of his lads was particularly close with my own boys. I just can’t wrap my head around it.’
Lancashire Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.
Police have launched a murder probe and have already arrested two men in connection
Investigators are keen to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area of Eccleston Road and Harris Street, as well as the Horncliffe Road and Woodstock Gardens areas of South Shore, Blackpool, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101, aanhalingslogboek 1276 van Januarie 1. Alternatively information can be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The public can also upload any dashboard mounted camera footage that may be relevant using the Major Incident Public Portal.