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Angler who died at castle may have had confrontation with teenage ‘poachers’

A man who died in the grounds of a castle may have had a confrontation with teenage “poachers” who reportedl..

By admin , in England , at May 30, 2020

A man who died in the grounds of a castle may have had a confrontation with teenage "poachers" who reportedly hurled rocks.

Charles Hilder – said to be in his 60s – has been named by friends and family as the victim.

He died at the scene at Lullingstone Castle in Eynsford, Kent, on Thursday, where he had been restocking a lake with fish.

Police say they believe he may have been in an altercation with "two boys or teenagers".

Image: The incident happened around the lake by Lullingstone Castle in Kent

A post mortem is being carried out to establish the cause of death.


It's not clear whether he was hit with any of the rocks that are reported to have been thrown, and detectives have yet to make any arrests.

His fishing club, Kingfisher Angling & Preservation Society, released a statement saying it was "shocked and greatly saddened".

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"Although the exact circumstances surrounding Charlie's death are unclear we believe that Charlie died after a confrontation with poachers," it said.

On the day he died, he had been restocking the castle's lake with trout alongside the society's director, Martin Duffell.

A forensic team was also seen on the castle grounds
Image: A forensic team has been at the castle grounds

A woman who answered the door at Mr Duffell's home said Mr Hilder was a "very kind" man and that the incident was "absolutely tragic" and had shocked everyone.

The entrance to the castle, which is a 15th century manor house once visited by the likes of Henry VIII and Queen Anne, remained taped-off on Friday with a single police officer standing guard.

A marine unit and forensic team were also spotted by the side of the 15-acre lake.

Kent Police have appealed for information from anyone in the area between 12pm and 7pm on Thursday, including dog walkers, anglers and golfers who could have witnessed the incident.

The force said Mr Hilder "may have been involved in an altercation with two boys or Read More – Source


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