Son charged with traffic warden's murder

By Juliette MaxamTHE son of murdered traffic warden Jean Dicker was charged last night with killing his mother.Steven Dicker, 35, of Harwich Road, Colchester, is due to appear this morning before the town's magistrates to face a charge of murder.

By Juliette Maxam

THE son of murdered traffic warden Jean Dicker was charged last night with killing his mother.

Steven Dicker, 35, of Harwich Road, Colchester, is due to appear this morning before the town's magistrates to face a charge of murder.

His 58-year-old mother was found battered to death at her home, a bungalow in Craigfield Avenue, Clacton, on January 29 last year.


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A post-mortem examination revealed Mrs Dicker had died of serious head injuries. Police also discovered her mobile phone, handbag and credit cards were missing.

Dicker was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and was questioned by detectives before being charged last night with his mother's murder.

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Mrs Dicker had retired to Clacton with her husband of 40 years, Len, three years ago after she retired as a traffic warden in 1996. She was widowed in May 2002 and had just started to rebuild her life when she was killed.

The mother-of-two had been a gymnastics coach in Colchester and West Mersea, a keen motorcyclist and a dog-lover who exhibited at Crufts.

At her funeral in June last year, a tribute written by her daughter, Tracy Kinton, a 37-year-old housing officer, described her mother as a “spirited person” who won a bravery trophy in 1995 while working as a traffic warden in Colchester because she helped catch two burglars who had stolen a ring.

juliette.maxam@eadt.co.uk

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