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Suzy Lamplugh: Murdered estate agent's father dies

Paul Lamplugh dies in his sleep surrounded by his children after living with Parkinson's

Sam Blewett
Tuesday 12 June 2018 18:58 BST
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Paul Lamplugh after receiving an OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2005
Paul Lamplugh after receiving an OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2005 (PA)

The father of murdered estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has died aged 87, the charity he founded said.

Paul Lamplugh died in his sleep surrounded by his children after living with Parkinson's in recent years, the Suzy Lamplugh Trust announced.

He co-founded the trust after his 25-year-old daughter Suzy disappeared in 1986, having left her west London offices to meet a mystery client known only as Mr Kipper.

No-one was convicted over her death but in 1994 she was officially declared dead, presumed murdered.

Mr Lamplugh, who received an OBE in 2004, was a campaigner for causes including taxi safety and laws protecting victims of stalking, along with his wife Diana, who died in 2011.

Sir Ian Johnston, the charity's chairman of trustees, said: "Paul was a truly remarkable man with phenomenal energy and perseverance. I saw him only a few weeks ago when he continued to urge me to do more with the trust to help people 'stay safe'."

A statement on behalf of the family said Mr Lamplugh celebrated his birthday surrounded by friends and family two weeks ago.

"It was typical of dad to want to throw a party to entertain everyone. In the end he went very peacefully and will be greatly missed not just by our family, but by his many friends," it added.

Suzy Lamplugh, who disappeared at the age of 25 in 1986, and declared dead in 1994 (PA)

He is survived by his children, Richard, Tamsin and Lizzie, and his seven grandchildren, the trust said.

While Suzy Lamplugh's remains have never been discovered, the prime suspect was the convicted killer John Cannan.

The former car salesman was convicted in July 1988 the murder of Shirley Banks in Bristol in October 1987, the attempted kidnapping of Julia Holman and the rape of a woman in Reading in 1986.

He was given three life sentences with a recommendation never to be released.

Police named him as the man they believe murdered Lamplugh.

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