Rossendale heart attack man ‘was provoked’

First published in News

PROSECUTORS said there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges over the death of a retired teacher who was said by a coroner to have been a victim of ‘anti-social behaviour outside his home’.

Patrick Gallagher, 64, suffered a blood clot and died of a heart attack after a row with neighbours about loud music, an inquest heard.

A ‘ghetto blaster’ was said to have been put outside his home in Market Street, Whitworth, last August.

His wife Susan went to call police when her husband was threatened but later found the music had been switched off and Mr Gallagher collapsed in the doorway. He died in Fairfield Hospital three days later.

Four men and a woman — aged from 46 to 64 — were arrested but were all released without charge.

Recording a narrative verdict, coroner Simon Nelson said the neighbours’ behaviour was “wholly provocative”.

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10:27am Sat 10 Nov 12

her from here says...

So sorry for your loss, these bullys will live with this for the rest of their lives, these wern't young kids but adults who should have known better,they should hang their heads in shame..
So sorry for your loss, these bullys will live with this for the rest of their lives, these wern't young kids but adults who should have known better,they should hang their heads in shame.. her from here
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11:04am Sat 10 Nov 12

AnthonyUK says...

these people responsible should have been imprisoned for all that trouble;the judge was wrong not to do so.
these people responsible should have been imprisoned for all that trouble;the judge was wrong not to do so. AnthonyUK
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12:55pm Sat 10 Nov 12

HelmshoreBoy says...

They should have been charged with manslaughter by the CPS following this deliberate act of provocation and let a jury decide. Once again another example of the CPS playing a percentage game and not wanting to affect their figures. Just shows how useless they are when it comes to sticking their necks out.

As for the neighbours from hell, thats where they belong!
They should have been charged with manslaughter by the CPS following this deliberate act of provocation and let a jury decide. Once again another example of the CPS playing a percentage game and not wanting to affect their figures. Just shows how useless they are when it comes to sticking their necks out. As for the neighbours from hell, thats where they belong! HelmshoreBoy
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