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Young people arrested following Warwick pensioner's death

Leamington Editorial 21st Nov, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SEVEN young people have been quizzed after a pensioner died in a Warwick street.

Seventy-five year-old William Heathcote was rushed to Warwick Hospital after collapsing in Pickard Street, where he lived, just before 9pm on Tuesday November 18.

He was declared dead at hospital just over half an hour later and detectives are now investigating following reports of an argument in the street shortly before his collapse.

The seven, all from the Warwick and Leamington area, were all arrested on suspicion of manslaughter two days later on the Thursday morning.

A 23 year-old man, two 17 year-old boys, and two girls aged 16 and 18 were all questioned at Leamington Police Station before being released on police bail.

Police confirmed no further action would be taken against a 15 year-old girl and a 15 year-old boy who were also arrested.

The coroner has been informed of Mr Heathcote’s death.

Ch Insp Michael Naughton said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the man at this time. This inquiry is in the early stages and we are currently establishing the circumstances leading up to this tragic death.

“There is believed to have been a verbal altercation prior to his collapse.

“The family of the deceased continue to be supported by specially trained police officers.

Detectives are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of Mr Heathcote’s collapse and who may have any information.

Call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 357 of November 18, 2014. Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.

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