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Man (34) charged with 'road rage' murder of great grandfather Donald Lock

Rachael Burnett

Published 19/07/2015 | 17:17

A man has been charged with the murder of great-grandfather Donald Lock.

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The 79-year-old was stabbed repeatedly in an apparent road rage attack on Thursday evening, shortly after he was given the all-clear from cancer.

Undated handout file photo issued by Sussex Police of Don Lock, as Matthew Daley has been charged with the murder of 79-year-old Donald Lock on the A24 at Findon, near Worthing, on Thursday, Sussex Police said today. Sussex Police/PA Wire
Undated handout file photo issued by Sussex Police of Don Lock, as Matthew Daley has been charged with the murder of 79-year-old Donald Lock on the A24 at Findon, near Worthing, on Thursday, Sussex Police said today. Sussex Police/PA Wire
TV OUT ALL BROADCAST WEBSITES OUT No cropping permitted Picture must be credited to Sky News We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder Video grab taken from Sky News of Donald Lock's son Andrew (centre right) reading out a tribute after Donald Lock, 79, was stabbed repeatedly in an apparent road rage attack after a minor crash with another car. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday July 18, 2015. Members of Mr Lock's family hugged each other for support as they told of their sadness at his death, and thanked the public who battled to save his life. Mr Lock's son Andrew said: "The whole family are incredibly overwhelmed with all the messages of sympathy and support, the sheer volume of tributes on the various social media sites, and people even changing their profile pictures to a picture of dad. See PA story POLICE Motorists. Photo credit should read: Sky News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Matthew Daley, 34, from Worthing, West Sussex, has been charged with murder and possession of a knife in a public place in connection with the incident on the A24 at Findon, near Worthing.

Daley, of St Elmo Road, Worthing, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz, of Surrey and Sussex major crime team, said: "Mr Lock's family has asked that they be left to grieve and are not contacted directly.

"I would like to thank the public and media for their help with the investigation."

Detective Superintendent Adam Hibbert holds a press conference at the scene where pensioner Donald Lock was stabbed to death by another motorist in Findon, West Sussex, following a crash. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 17, 2015. The stabbing took place after two cars collided on the A24 last night, Sussex Police said. The suspect got out of the car in front and knifed the driver of the other car before getting back into his vehicle and driving off. See PA story POLICE Motorists. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Detective Superintendent Adam Hibbert holds a press conference at the scene where pensioner Donald Lock was stabbed to death by another motorist in Findon, West Sussex, following a crash. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 17, 2015. The stabbing took place after two cars collided on the A24 last night, Sussex Police said. The suspect got out of the car in front and knifed the driver of the other car before getting back into his vehicle and driving off. See PA story POLICE Motorists. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
A man lays down flowers in tribute at the scene where motorist Donald Lock, who was a veteran member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club, was stabbed and killed following a minor crash, in Findon, west Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 18, 2015. A 34-year-old man, from Worthing, is being questioned on suspicion of murder after he was arrested by armed officers some 18 hours later. See PA story POLICE Motorists. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Cyclists look at floral tributes at the scene where motorist Donald Lock, who was a veteran member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club, was stabbed and killed following a minor crash, in Findon, west Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 18, 2015. A 34-year-old man, from Worthing, is being questioned on suspicion of murder after he was arrested by armed officers some 18 hours later. See PA story POLICE Motorists. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Police officers search the scene close to where pensioner Donald Lock was stabbed to death by another motorist in Findon, West Sussex, following a crash. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 17, 2015. The stabbing took place after two cars collided on the A24 last night, Sussex Police said. The suspect got out of the car in front and knifed the driver of the other car before getting back into his vehicle and driving off. See PA story POLICE Motorists. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Mr Lock, described by his devastated family as "kind and loving", was on his way back from a cycling meeting when he was involved in a car crash.

Yesterday tearful members of Mr Lock's family hugged each other for support as they told of their sadness at his death, and thanked members of the public who battled to save his life.

His voice cracking with emotion, Mr Lock's son Andrew said: "On Thursday evening dad was taken from us in what can only be described as an horrific and unprovoked attack.

"Our whole family are absolutely devastated with the loss of someone who can only be described as gentle, kind and loving."

He said the family are "overwhelmed" at the outpouring of support they have received, and "deeply grateful" to members of the public who tried to save his father.

Wearing the blue cycling jersey of his father's Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club, Mr Lock said the family wants to "remember dad for the fantastic person he was - full of wisdom, full of wit, always calm".

"Always supportive, the perfect role model, and full of charm. Don, dad, granddad and great-granddad, the best."

Mr Lock had been given the all-clear from prostate cancer and was due to become a great-grandfather for the sixth time.

A keen traveller, he had been looking forward to going on a cruise with his wife next month before heading to Scotland for a holiday.

His son raised a warm chuckle from his family as he recounted his father's adventurous streak - travelling around the world and even riding ostriches.

He said: "Over recent years we have joked with mum and dad about their holidays, suggesting they let us know when they are at home rather than when they are away.

"They have travelled to all parts of the world over the last 20 or so years. They have often done things that people 20 years younger would think twice about - walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, jet boat rides, even riding ostriches."

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