Worthing cyclist murdered in suspected road rage attack: why was Don Lock killed?
Don Lock, 79, was in a car on his way home from a cycle club meeting when, reportedly, he accidentally hit the back of a 34-year-old man’s classic car. The precise details of what happened are not yet fully known. But the result is that Mr Lock is dead, killed by multiple knife wounds.
The alleged killer drove off, leaving Mr Lock to die on the A24 in the village of Findon in West Sussex close to Worthing.
Witness George Lister tells the BBC:
“It must have been quite a ferocious attack in a couple of seconds, with the wounds that he had. Obviously, he [Mr Lock] was trying to protect himself. He was nearly 80 years of age, he wasn’t a big built man, just an average slightly overweight fellow. He was a human being, wasn’t he? Then the man who had done it ran off like a dog – he just couldn’t wait to get away.”
Dogs behave better.
Sussex Police have made an arrest.
Mr Lock if mourned by his wife Maureen, 77, children and grandchildren.
A tearful Maureen Lock told waiting reporters: “We were married for 55 years and it ends like this” as she was comforted by family members.
Alan Palmer, 70, club secretary of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club, told the Times:
“Don Lock was a kind gentle family man and a good friend. He was a key member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club in fact, the backbone of the club for many years. He was always well respected through the cycling fraternity he was a member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club for over 50 years and served the club well in many different roles… His death will be an irreplaceable loss to the club and our thoughts are with the family to whom the club will off their total support.”
Det Supt Adam Hibbert, of the Sussex and Surrey major crime branch, said:
“A man is in custody on suspicion of murder. I continue to appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision on the A24 at 8.40pm last night, or who may have CCTV or dashboard cameras of the area at that time, to come to assist our investigation.”
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death of Mr Lock.