Tributes paid to Wisbech grandfather after teenage girls arrested on suspicion of murder

30 September 2019, 20:34

Tributes have been paid following the death of a man in his 80s
Tributes have been paid following the death of a man in his 80s. Picture: PA
Sylvia De Luca

By Sylvia De Luca

Neighbours have paid tribute to an "absolutely fantastic" grandfather from Cambridgeshire whose death has led to the arrests of two girls aged 14 and 16 on suspicion of murder.

Flowers have been left on the pavement near the address of a man in Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech whose death is being treated as unexplained.

The man has been named locally as Patrick Marron.

One tribute read "RIP. Bless you, I'll miss our little chats", and another said "RIP Pat. Always in our thoughts".

Neighbour Diane Means, 64, said she had known Mr Marron for 46 years and described him as "absolutely fantastic".

She said the retired road worker had lived alone since his wife died "a couple of years ago".

He had two sons aged in their 40s and a number of grandchildren, she said.

"You couldn't want for a better man, you really couldn't," she said. "If he could help you he would help you and if you hadn't got something and he had he would either lend you it or give you it.

"He liked his garden and he loved his cats.

Her husband Peter Means, 66, also paid tribute to Mr Marron saying, "He was gentle, absolutely friendly, one of my very best mates.

Police outside at a property in Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire after the death of a man aged in his 80s
Police outside at a property in Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire after the death of a man aged in his 80s. Picture: PA

"All I can say is good things about Pat Marron.

"He was a great guy, I've known him for over 45 years, he would help me any way he could, I did the same for him and we've been friends for all those years."

He added: "Whatever happened, it's a horrible way for a nice guy to lose his life."

Cambridgeshire Police said officers were called on Saturday, to reports of a man in his 80s in cardiac arrest.

Two teenage girls, a 14 and 16-year-old, were arrested on suspicion of murdering a pensioner. They have been bailed until October 25.

A 12-year-old girl and a man, 20, were also arrested in connection with the incident but were released with no further action, police said.

A post-mortem examination has yet to take place.

On Monday evening police taped off the semi-detached property and the adjoining semi-detached home.

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