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Day of heartbreak.

AN ENTREPRENEUR was killed in a car crash on the same day as one of his businesses was burgled and another burnt down.

David Gilson's Garswood service station in St Helens was ransacked by burglars on September 7, just hours after he was killed in a road accident in Italy.

Four-and-a-half hours later, Mr Gilson's wine and mini-supermarket at Oakdene filling station, at Ulnes Walton, near Ley-land, Lancashire, was destroyed in a blaze.

Mr Gilson's son Mark, 38, yesterday reopened the Oakdene filling station.''It is amazing when tragedy like this happens how family and friends and staff can all pull together,'' he said. ``You have to keep yourself busy and try to keep positive, and the staff have been working really hard.''

Police said the fire and theft were unrelated.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2002
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