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Inquest opens into death of Ipswich grandfather found seriously injured on driveway of his home

PUBLISHED: 15:14 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:37 01 October 2018

Clive Wyard, 74, died after being found seriously injured on the driveway of his home. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Clive Wyard, 74, died after being found seriously injured on the driveway of his home. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

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An inquest has opened and adjourned into the death of an Ipswich grandfather who died after being found seriously injured on the driveway of his home.

Clive Wyard, 74, died on Wednesday, August 1, at St Elizabeth Hospice after he was found on Friday, July 20 with head and facial injuries at his home in Valley Road.

His death sparked a police investigation and an appeal for information was launched - including the release of CCTV footage of Mr Wyard in the hours before his death.

According to police, Mr Wyard had left the Royal George pub on Colchester Road in Ipswich sometime after 11.30pm after playing darts with friends.

He was last seen outside the Co-op at the junction of Sidegate Lane West at around 12pm but was found unresponsive by passersby at his home at around 7am the following morning.

Clive pictured with eight of his nine grandchildren on a family holiday. Picture: RACHEL EDGEClive pictured with eight of his nine grandchildren on a family holiday. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

An inquest was opened and adjourned in Ipswich today, Monday, October 1.

Assistant coroner Dan Sharpstone said in the hearing: “Clive Wyard was found unresponsive on the driveway of his home on Friday, July 20.

“He was admitted to hospital where he was found to have a serious head injury.”

Mr Sharpstone said a port mortem examination had revealed the cause of death was due to the serious head injury he had received.

Clive Wyard on CCTV footage Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARYClive Wyard on CCTV footage Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Following his death, Mr Wyard’s family described him as “a man who helped everyone he could and wanted nothing in return.”

His younger daughter, Jackie Garnham, 41, urged anyone with information on what happened to her father to call police.

She said: “Even if you didn’t see him, if you didn’t think it was relevant, the slightest bit of information could be really big.

“All his friends from school, from the docks, from his time as a soldier, they all say the same thing – he would help anyone he can.”

Clive Wyard Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILYClive Wyard Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY

His elder daughter Jo Wyard, 45, said: “The last thing he said to his friends as he left the pub was: ‘I love you guys’.

“He was the kind of man that told you he loved you.”

Suffolk police say they are keeping an open mind on what had happened to Mr Wyard and urged anyone with information to come forward. Anyone with information should call the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Operation Rufforth.

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