Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Man Dies Defending Wife from Burglars

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Man Dies Defending Wife from Burglars

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Byline: Mark Blunden and Rob Parsons

A GRANDFATHER died trying to protect his wife from burglars who raided his home, his son said today.

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of Edward Syrad, 64, at his home in Barnehurst, south-east London.

His son, Paul, 40, said: "I'm a wreck.

We know two raiders came through the back door. They tied up my stepmum and my dad died of a heart attack as he tried to fight them off. It was over money." Mr Syrad, known as Ted, was a father of three grown-up children. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife Anne was taken to hospital but released later. Property was missing from the scene.

Neighbour Helen Linyard, whose house backs on to the Syrads' home in Edendale Road, said she thought there might have been a disturbance when her daughter's dog started barking in the garden at about 10pm last night.

She said: "I knew Anne, she is a really nice lady, it doesn't bear thinking about, it's horrendous and really scares me. …

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