Death sparks police patrols

POLICE will be taking to the streets to speak to residents following the death of John Kerry.

Officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team will be holding a street briefing in St Martin’s View, two streets down from where Mr Kerry’s body was found on August 31.

The briefing will be a chance for residents to speak with the officers about any concerns they might have and to receive an update about the latest crime figures in the area.

It will start at 1pm on Friday, September 21.

The body of Mr Kerry was found at his home in South Street at around 9.30am. The 38-year-old was said to be trying to turn his life around.

At the time of his death, his nephew Simon Rastrick said his uncle was well liked. “He had just come out of prison and was looking to set up a gardening business,” said Mr Rastrick. “He was a good laugh and always having a joke.”

Brighouse councillor Colin Stout (Ind) has praised the police for their increase in patrols shortly after Mr Kerry’s death which provided a reassurance to the community.

“Having extra patrols in the area was appreciated and helped to provide a real reassurance for people in the whole area.

“I know some people felt it had the opposite effect but I think they did a fantastic job and were a good point of call for people to approach if they did have any concerns.”

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley team, said: “It is standard procedure for extra officers to be put out on patrol to reassure the local community, help answer any questions they may have and to gather intelligence.

If anyone has any concerns we would urge them to speak to our local officers.”

Police are still waiting for the results of toxicology tests to help determine the cause of death after a post mortem was carried out into the death of Mr Kerry which was inconclusive.

Neighbours said he had been beaten up recently and detectives probing his death arrested three men, aged 54, 41 and 20 from the Brighouse area.

All have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.