Street death: lessons have to be learned
LESSONS are going to be learned from the tragic death of a man left to die in the street.
The issue of why the man, who has not been named, was ignored as he lay dying for two hours in Eastfield Road, Peterborough, has been thrust onto the agenda of Peterborough City Council’s next Strong and Supportive Communities Scrutiny Committee on June 16.
East Ward councillor Stephen Goldspink said he had brought the issue before the council because he believes there must be a problem in the Eastfield Road community and they must now act to prevent a repeat.
Cllr Goldspink said: “My basic point was that if there had been a strong and supportive community there, somebody would have stopped to help him before he died.
“People are obviously not confident in helping people so we need to find out why.
“We understand there are problems with alcohol, anti-social behaviour and violence in the area and this may have been a factor.
“We must take action now because we don’t want to be sat here in nine months’ time and something like this happens again.”
The incident happened in East- field Road on May 21 when a man collapsed and died on the pavement.
He was ignored by scores of people before good samaritan Tony Poll came to his aid and called the emergency services, but by then it was to late to save him.
Committee chairman and ward councillor Marion Todd said she did not know at this point what the scope of the review would be but they would be discussing it at the Town Hall.
She said: “We are still waiting for the coroner’s verdict and would not want to prejudice any inquest. However I understand that it will be a general conversation about what happened.
“Last year the committee focused on crime and disorder and it may be that we decide to look at community cohesion and try and solve some of the problems in that area.
“I think everyone’s aim is to make sure that something like this will never happen again.”
The grieving ex-wife of the man, a 60-year-old former soldier, said some of the family had only been told of his death in the last few days and they wanted to draw a line under the incident.
She said: “We are all very private and would like to get on with our grieving in peace.
“The only thing I will say is that I welcome a council review and hope that at least some good will come out of his death.”
SCENE: The scene in Eastfield Road, Peterborough, where a man was left for two hours after collapsing in the street.