Spalding river death inquest postponed as son-in-law continues detective work

Roger Spicer says people have been helpful since he appealed for information about John Little. SG300118-101TW
Roger Spicer says people have been helpful since he appealed for information about John Little. SG300118-101TW
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A pensioner vows he won’t rest until he finds out how his father-in-law met his death in Spalding.

Roger Spicer (76) says people responded to his plea for information on John Little, the Cowbit businessman whose body was recovered from the River Welland on November 29.

Sadly, Roger hasn’t unearthed anything yet that explains how the non-swimmer came to be in the river.

The inquest will now be held in July, having originally being scheduled for January 28, and Roger believes the postponement was triggered by his own investigation.

He said: “I shan’t rest until I find out and I do intend to find out more.”

The tragic story featured on our front page last week, when Roger revealed he had spoken to a father and son who were drinking with John (68) at the Ivy Wall pub in New Road on November 28.

The son went with John to the Indus Indian Restaurant on Winsover Road, with John reportedly leaving at 6.45pm to catch a bus to Cowbit from a bus stop outside Aldi but Roger says John was living in Moulton Chapel.

Roger says staff at the Indus, the Ivy Wall and the Red Lion have been very helpful – and he’s learned John ate with friends at the Indus every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

He said: “People have been exceptionally helpful and I have got to speak to a few more people.”

In an odd twist of fate, Roger bought his Spalding Guardian from a newsagents in London Road last week and bumped into the witness who saw John’s body in the river and alerted police.

He believes Spalding police should have investigated John’s death more fully, including asking bus company Stagecoach for CCTV to check if John ever got on the bus to Cowbit and by trawling his mobile phone records.

Lincolnshire Police said last week: “The circumstances of this sad death were investigated by our CID officers and found not to be suspicious.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Roger on 07951 043881.

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Previously ...

Pensioner probes Spalding river death tragedy

UPDATE THURSDAY 9.20AM: Man recovered from river in Spalding is named

Police recover man’s body from River Welland in Spalding