Man died after attempted burglary

IAN CLARKE A man collapsed and died from a suspected heart attack early today after going out to search for two intruders who were trying to break into his garage.

IAN CLARKE

A man collapsed and died from a suspected heart attack early today after going out to search for two intruders who were trying to break into his garage.

John Peters, 46, and his wife of 23 years Jacqueline and their 18-year-old son Daniel were woken at about 12.55am today by a noise from the garage in their back garden at William Close in Watton.

Mrs Peters saw two figures in the garden and Mr Peters and Daniel went outside but the offenders had fled.

Mr Peters - who had suffered from a heart condition- collapsed as they were searching the West Road and North Road area.

Despite efforts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Norfolk and Norfolk University Hospital.

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Mr Peters was employed at Norfolk Trucks in Norwich

His wife paid a moving tribute to him:

Mrs Peters said: “He was my rock. He has always been there for me. I don't know what I will do without him. He was a good man who deserved good things - he would do anything for me and our son Daniel.

“He had a passion for motor bikes and he was just learning how to play the saxophone. I went to watch him play, I am so proud of him.

“We had so many plans for our future - I will never be able to replace him.”

Daniel wrote in a tribute: “Love you Dad, rest in peace.”

A police investigation is underway but as a heart attack is thought to have caused Mr Peters' death, police are not treating his death as suspicious.

However, they have appealed for information and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the attempted burglary and the sudden death.

Crime scene investigators were in the area during the morning.

A full report will be sent to the coroner.

Family liaison officers are supporting the family.

Det Chief Insp Neil Firm said: “It would appear Mr Peters has tragically died from an existing medical complaint whilst out searching for the two men he believed were breaking into his home.

“We have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances of the events leading up to this incident and would appeal for any witnesses or for anyone with information about the two alleged burglars - one of whom we believe was wearing a brown hoody - to contact police as soon as possible.”

Detectives are also appealing for witnesses to any suspicious vehicles seen in the area at the relevant time.

Anyone with information should contact Det Sgt Tom Neill at Dereham CID on 0845 456 4567.

Information can be passed to police anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.