Family appeal for information one year after the death of John Lord

The Lord Family. (From left) Charlotte Lord, Samantha Lord, Richard Lord, Georgina Lord (front), Janet Lord and John Lord. The Lord Family. (From left) Charlotte Lord, Samantha Lord, Richard Lord, Georgina Lord (front), Janet Lord and John Lord.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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The family of a man who died in mysterious circumstances outside a St Neots club are appealing for information one year on.

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The family of man who died in mysterious circumstances after he was seriously wounded outside a St Neots club are appealing for information one year on.

John Lord, 59, of Little Paxton, was found unconscious with severe head injuries by the Tudor Rose in Huntingdon Street, St Neots, on December 14 last year.

It is believed he may have been attacked by three people – and possibly hit with a brick – although the exact details are still unknown.

Mr Lord’s widow, Janet, a 57-year-old assistant at Costcutter in Little Paxton, said: “The last year has been dreadful. I have had to go back to work as I have lost him as a breadwinner, but I am mentally really not ready for it. I am really struggling.”

Mrs Lord, who thanked her friends, family and employer for their support, said she and her family felt no closure and a full inquest is not going to happen until next year.

She appealed to people for information that could lead to a prosecution. “For me and my children it would be nice to know that somebody was accountable for it,” she said.

Mr Lord, a father of four who ran JJ Motors in Abbotsley, was discovered at about 10.30pm and given first aid by bystanders Don McKay and George Watson.

At the time, Mr McKay told The Hunts Post he saw a group of young men surround Mr Lord just before he fell to the ground – although he did not see an assault or a brick being used.

He said that they were in their late teens or early 20s, and one was wearing a light-coloured hoodie.

Mr Lord was discharged on his first visit to hospital but when his condition worsened, he was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where he stayed for two months, including time in critical care.

He was discharged twice in February before he died on March 3 as a result of a massive bleed in his brain.

A pre-inquest review hearing will be held tomorrow (Thursday) where the date and the scope of the inquest will be set.

INFORMATION: Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101.

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