Thursday 14 December 2017

Hero son arrested on suspicion of murdering parents

Father and son Bob and Nic Seddon
Father and son Bob and Nic Seddon

Tom Whitehead

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of shooting his parents just months after being hailed a hero for helping save their lives in a freak road accident.

Nic Seddon, 45, was arrested after Bob and Patricia Seddon were found dead from gunshot wounds at their home on Friday.

The incident comes less than four months after a car containing the three, and the pensioners’ teenage grandson, Daniel, plunged in to a canal in Greater Manchester.

Nic Seddon, a sales manager, was driving the BMW hire car at the time when he said it hit a brick in the road and careered in to the Bridgewater Canal in Timperley and sank.

He got himself free and rescued 16-year-old Daniel, who has special needs, before swimming back to help firefighters release his parents, neither of who could swim.

At the time, his father told how he'd thought that they were "going to die" but didn't want to leave his wife.

Nic Seddon was praised for his heroics and has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award.

But yesterday he was being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murder.

Bob, a retired airport worker, and Patricia, a retired cleaner, were found dead at their home in Sale, Greater Manchester, on Friday after police received a call from a concerned relative.

Both had died from gunshot wounds and officers initially suspected Mr Seddon had shot his wife and then killed himself after a gun was recovered from the scene.

The couple had been plagued been plagued by a series of family traumas. Four years ago they lost their daughter, Lesley, 40, after she suffered an epileptic fit at the family home.

Mr Seddon senior then became full-time carer for Daniel but suffered a heart attack himself last year.

Then his wife had a brain haemorrhage, which left her needing regular care from her husband.

Mr Seddon had also apparently suffered flashbacks from the canal incident.

But on Saturday police arrested their son, Nic, a father-of-three from County Durham.

Police are now examining whether someone forced their way into the home but refused to comment on whether they may also re-examine the canal accident.

Superintendent Simon Retford, of Greater Manchester Police, described it as "tragic case" and that the couple's deaths were being treated as suspicious.

He said: "The very nature of the couple's injuries have led us to setting up a murder investigation as both have been shot.

"This has led us to arresting a 45-year-old on suspicion of murder."

He added: "The investigation is very much live and still moving and a very fast pace. "But we do not believe this was a random attack and it's believed to be an isolated incident."

Carol McDermott, 51, a friend and neighbour of the dead couple, said: "They'd had a fair amount of bad luck in recent years and I know Bob had been feeling down.

"They'd had a lifetime of bad luck over a very short period. It's all come as a complete shock.

"They were just lovely, mild-mannered people – you couldn't have asked for nicer neighbours.

"They've always been here and everyone knew them on the street but now suddenly this has happened."

On his Linkedin page, Mr Seddon reveals he was nominated for a Pride of Britain Award following the “life changing car accident”.

He said the incident showed he was “determined to succeed no matter what stands in my way”.

He says he has 20 years experience in sales and marketing and was a political campaign manager during the recent mayoral elections for Salford.

He is Vice Chairman of the South Tyneside Business Committee for the North East Chamber of Commerce and a former Business Development Manager at Mercedes Benz/Sytner Group.

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