Death of ‘friendly’ grandad in fight with neighbour left Derbyshire town reeling

today24 August 2022

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A Derbyshire community has spoken of the shock and sadness it felt following the death of a neighbour after a fight. Alan Youd died after getting into an altercation with Arthur Cabourn on Chestnut Drive in Shirebrook. Cabourn punched Mr Youd, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head, in August last year.

This week a jury at Nottingham Crown Court agreed that Cabourn acted in self-defence when he hit Mr Youd after the 69-year-old had lunged at him. The punch followed a history of ill-feeling between the pair.

“I heard about it and it was a ‘wow’ moment, you don’t expect that to happen, especially around here,” said one neighbour following the jury’s not-guilty verdict. “I saw the police there when it happened and then found out about it, I was shocked, the whole street was because you just don’t expect that to happen.”

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Mr Cabourn cried as the verdict was read out in court. Earlier in the trial, he told the jury the death of Mr Youd was something “I have just got to live with this for the rest of my life”.

The neighbours of the pair on Chestnut Drive also have to live with what happened on August 11, 2021. While the community appears to have overcome the events of that day, the memories of Mr Youd are still fresh in people’s minds. “I’ve spoken to the guy who died but only in passing as you do because that’s what it’s like here. He was friendly enough,” one neighbour said.

Alan Youd, 69, died in hospital a week after the altercation with Arthur Cabourn
Alan Youd, 69, died in hospital a week after the altercation with Arthur Cabourn

Margaret, who also lives on Chestnut Drive and didn’t want to give her surname, agreed that the area was in shock at the time. She said it is quite a nice place to live but she admitted: “I don’t go out on my own at night, I’m too scared to unless I’m with my husband.”

Another neighbour, who works as a postman, added: “I’ve come up from London and we’ve had two deaths in a year to 18 months, it’s shocking, it really is.” While another lady who lives close to the scene of the altercation added: “It’s usually quite quiet around here but that’s really sad. I didn’t know the people involved but it’s happening too much these days.”

At the time of his death, Mr Youd’s family released a statement paying tribute to the grandfather: “We as a family are devastated.

“Our dad was a doting father, grandfather and father-in-law. Dad was the biggest kid when he spent time with his grandchildren – he loved them dearly and they thought the world of him, they would always be spoiled by grandpa and he would take them out swimming and to all the local parks.

“His zest for life was continued in his love of motorcycles, especially his Triumph Bonneville. He finally passed his test at 65 and he would often ring us when he had ridden out to the coast.

“He would always try to help others where needed and was a regular blood donor, giving 160 donations of blood and platelets. Dad’s memory will remain with us and his legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren. We will miss him more than words could ever portray and will love him forever.”

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