Ralph finally laid to rest

A 95-year-old war veteran was finally laid to rest on Saturday, nearly a year after he died when his home was broken into.

A 95-year-old war veteran was finally laid to rest on Saturday, nearly a year after he died when his home was broken into.

Ralph 'Tiger' Platten died in hospital with a broken hip after an assault and robbery by a group of men at his home at Sutton, near Stalham, in early January this year.

And although family members said they were glad to finally lay him to rest, they still wanted to see justice for the widower.

Five men have been arrested and bailed in connection with his death, but no one has been charged.

Peter Platten, Ralph's nephew who lives in Caister, said: “We are pleased we can eventually lay him to rest but on the other hand we have not had a result yet.

“If it was not for the burglary he would have lived on for several more years. It was not the right way for him to go.

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“He was a very active 95-year-old, a well respected member of the community and had looked after himself in his own home for 30 years.

“He was still riding his bike to go and get his pension.”

He was the last of five brothers, born and brought up in Norfolk and family members from across England came to the service and burial at a packed St Michael's Church in Sutton.

Members of the Royal British Legion led the procession and Ralph was buried next to his late wife, Grace, who died about 18 years ago.

Mr Platten said the service was very moving and did not dwell on how Ralph died.

Mr Platten's body had been held by the police as part of the investigation and was only released about a fortnight ago.