Lyme Regis man may have taken his own life

PUBLISHED: 19:48 24 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:15 16 June 2010

A LYME Regis war veteran found dead in his own home may have inflicted his own injuries, police have revealed.

A LYME Regis war veteran found dead in his own home may have inflicted his own injuries, police have revealed.

Bill Kenely, 84, died suddenly at his sheltered accommodation in Staples Terrace earlier this month.

A major investigation was launched and shocked local residents believed a serious crime may have been committed.

But police have kept an open mind about the incident from the beginning and said they are not looking for anyone in connection with the death.

A 56-year-old man who had been arrested in connection with the matter has been released from his bail.

DCI John Crossland said in a statement: "A thorough investigation into the circumstances of Mr Kenely's death by Dorset police - including scene searches, witness interviews, forensic and scientific experts' evidence - has now concluded that there was no third party involvement in Mr Kenely's death, and we are not, therefore, looking for anyone in connection with this matter."

A full report is being prepared for the forthcoming inquest and it will now be up to the coroner to rule on the cause of death.

Police organised a 'closed' meeting to announce the news to 'key' members of the community, such as town council representatives. But the public were then invited to attend shortly prior to the event.

Mr Kenely's body was found by a close friend on Monday, May 3, at 8am. At 8.40am he was pronounced dead.

The widower and father served for two years in India and Burma with the Lancashire Fusiliers and was the fourth generation of his family to have served the British Army.

He had his medals restored by the British Legion, where a short ceremony was held to present them to him.

Tributes have poured in for the man was a described as a 'nice old gent'.


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