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War vet suicide; Grandad killed himself after burglaries.

Byline: KATHERINE HADDON

THE family of a war veteran say he took his own life after his home was burgled for the third time in months, it emerged yesterday.

Herbert Buckland, 84, an ex-RAF serviceman, was found dead at his home last month, three days after the final raid.

On that occasion, it is believed raiders took cash from the house at Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire, before the grandfather confronted them, although they still managed to escape. Mr Buckland's niece, Marilyn Dowson, told a local newspaper that two burglaries late last year had made him too scared to venture out.

After the third, he decided that the 'world was no longer a place he wanted to live', she added.

Mrs Dowson, 55, also of Wroughton, said: 'These people have no conscience at all - they don't worry about what happens to old people.

'The upsetting thing is that he fought to give us a free country but he has also given a free country to scumbags like this.'

Mr Buckland's granddaughter also wrote to the newspaper paying tribute to him and saying how the raids upset him.

The girl, who did not wish to be named, wrote: 'My grandad no longer felt safe in his home and was too proud a man to move out and I do believe that if it wasn't for these scumbags my grandad would still be alive today
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 10, 2005
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