Street left in shock after dad murdered on their doorstep

A police car outside the home of Warren Free in Coronation Close, Spalding. ANL-140829-162719001
A police car outside the home of Warren Free in Coronation Close, Spalding. ANL-140829-162719001
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People living in a Spalding street are coming to terms with the murder of Warren Free who was attacked in his home on Thursday.

Neighbours of Mr Free living in Coronation Close called him a “civil man” and caring father of his young son who is thought to be aged 13.

Robert Templeman (65) said: “I knew him to say hello to and I used to watch him taking his little boy to school.

“He (Mr Free) wasn’t very old and his son must have been about 13.

“It’s a bit of a shock to me because I saw the poor chap being put in the (air ambulance) helicopter and I thought he wasn’t in a very good way.

“There was no need to do what was done to him.”

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It was about 12.30am when I heard running and a gate swinging shut.

“I said to myself ‘I’m not getting out of bed because I’ve got to get up early in the morning.’

“It’s terrible because he (Mr Free) was very civil to me and his little boy used to come round and play on my laptop.

“We had some trouble round here before with doors banging and a neighbour who was very, very noisy.

“But this is awful because (Mr Free) hadn’t been here long and his little boy was lovely.”

Alan Harris (44) said: “I’ve lived here for about six years and it’s the first time anything like this has happened here.

“I feel sorry about what’s happened because it’s horrible and the most disgusting thing about this case is it’s the man’s kid who is going to remember this for the rest of his life.”

A man who moved to Coronation Close 18 months ago, but asked not to be named, said: “I go across to see my neighbours and talk about different things.

“They said this neighbourhood used to be very rough years ago, but it’s okay now.

“I’m sorry that something like this has happened but I’m not surprised he didn’t make it after hearing about what happened to him.”

Another man, who asked not to be named, said: “I’ve lived in Coronation Close for about 30 years and I’ve had no problems whatsoever.

“It’s not nice to hear about what’s happened and you still have to be careful.

“But there’s nothing wrong with this street and I’m quite happy here.”