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Romford man died after suffering heart attack at castle in Kent

Charlie Hilder sadly collapsed and died in Lullingstone Castle last Thursday (credit: Hilder Family) 

Detectives have renewed an appeal for witnesses after a man from Romford died at a castle in Kent.

A post-mortem has found Charlie Hilder, 66, died from a heart attack in Lullingstone Castle at around 5.50pm on Thursday, 28 May

However, officers are continuing to investigate the wider circumstances surrounding his death. 

At around 5pm, Mr Hilder was fishing from a boat in a private lake when he saw two boys at the bank near to the weir and asked them to leave. 

A brief argument broke out in which stones were allegedly thrown at the gentleman. 

Several minutes later, another verbal dispute broke out between the boys and Mr Hilder in a car park, which is by the lake and near the castle gate.  

After the boys left the area, Mr Hilder sadly collapsed and died. 

Officers have described the teenagers as white and aged between 11 and 18-years-old. They were wearing dark t-shirts and lighter coloured shorts. 

One of them may have been carrying a fishing rod.  

“We are seeking to obtain any information that can help us establish the full circumstances leading up to Mr Hilder’s death,” said Detective Chief Inspector Ivan Beasley. 

“We have now established that a man and a woman, aged around 20, were sunbathing or picnicking in the field near to the car park at around 5pm and would urge them to contact us at their earliest opportunity.

“We would also like to obtain any video that may have been recorded by motorists or cyclists who travelled along Castle Road or Shoreham Road, between 12pm and 7pm on 28 May.

“In addition to this, we would ask anyone who attended the Lullingstone Castle area to review personal photographs they have taken as they may feature the boys in the background. A person flying the drone in the area has made contact with our investigators following an earlier appeal and we are grateful for their assistance.”

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call Kent Police on 01622 604 100, quoting reference 28-1127.

Anybody with video footage can make a report through the Kent Police section of the Major Incident Public Reporting Site.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or by completing an online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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