Man dies after sustaining serious injuries in ‘unexplained’ circumstances

Clive Wyard has died after sustaining a head injury in Ipswich Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY

Clive Wyard has died after sustaining a head injury in Ipswich Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY - Credit: Archant

A 74-year-old grandfather has died after being found unconscious outside his home in Ipswich.

The Royal George pub, on the corner of Colchester Road and Sidegate Lane, Ipswich. Picture: JAKE FOX

The Royal George pub, on the corner of Colchester Road and Sidegate Lane, Ipswich. Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant

Police are calling for witnesses following the death of a man who collapsed on the driveway of his home in Valley Road, Ipswich.

Clive Wyard, 74, was found by passers-by shortly at 7.15am on Friday, July 20, with injuries to his face and head.

He was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment, where he has since passed away.

A post mortem conducted on Monday, August 6 concluded that Mr Wyard died as a result of a head injury.

Sidegate Lane in Ipswich Picture: JAKE FOXFORD

Sidegate Lane in Ipswich Picture: JAKE FOXFORD - Credit: Archant


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His death is being treated by police as unexplained – and officers are now appealing for information that may help with their investigation.

Mr Wyard had been at the Royal George public house on Colchester Road in Ipswich on the evening of Thursday, July 19, leaving sometime after 11.30pm.

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He was last seen outside the Co-op at the junction with Sidegate Lane West at around midnight. Police say that he sustained his injuries at some point prior to 7.15am the next morning.

Mr Wyard is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with grey hair and a grey goatie beard. He was wearing jeans and a light grey zip hooded top at the time of the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Marie James said: “We have undertaken numerous enquiries in order to understand the circumstances that led to Mr Wyard’s death.

“We remain open minded as to what may have taken place and continue to urge anyone who believes they saw Mr Wyard walking along Colchester Road or Valley Road, between 11.30pm on 19 July and 7.15am on 20 July to contact us.

“Although almost three weeks have passed since Mr Wyard was found, I would urge anyone with information that may assist our investigation to contact us irrespective of the passage of time. The smallest detail could prove to be vital in helping us to understand what happened that night and to provide answers to the family.”

Anyone with information regarding Mr Wyard’s movements that night and/or anyone in possession of Dash Cam or CCTV footage covering that period, are asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Op Rufforth, or use the police portal which can be accessed online: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/1052.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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