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‘LOVELY MAN’ MBE-awarded pensioner Ralph Baxter, 72, who died after ‘altercation with dog walker’
Ralph Baxter Age
He was 72 years old.
Ralph Baxter Murder
Married Ralph Baxter, 72, was punched as he took his beloved Shih Tzu Bertie for a walk in fields near his home. While he was having tea again, his dog was attacked by a larger husky and Ralph kicked it away. Witnesses said he then had an argument with the man who was walking with the husky and then hit his chest. He managed to stagger back to his home in Roade, near Northampton, where just a few minutes later he suffered a fatal heart attack in front of his wife Anne. A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.
And tributes have today been paid to Ralph, who was awarded his MBE after a long career in the civil service in the Queen’s Birthday honour.
Neighbour Elizabeth Tilley said on Facebook: “Such a lovely gentleman and lovely neighbour. My dog Lilo loved him especially for the treats he had on him in his pocket.
“Totally gutted. Condolences to his wife, family and friends xx.”
“It’s a terrible thing to happen. He was really lovely and would always say hello.”
Another said on social media: “He was such a good bloke and such a nice friend.”
Ralph was a trade unionist and had been a Labour Party agent.
Detective Inspector Pete Long from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, yesterday confirmed officers were treating the incident as murder.
He said: “As the public can well imagine, this is an exceptionally fast-moving investigation and a team of detectives from the Major Crime Team are working around the clock to gather all the evidence and ascertain exactly what happened here.”
He particularly appealed for anyone who may have witnessed an altercation between two dog walkers between 3.50pm and 4.20pm yesterday.
Det Insp Long added: “Specialist officers are supporting the family of the 72-year-old man at what is an extremely distressing time.”