A pensioner who was allegedly murdered during a mobility scooter robbery outside Tesco was ‘living in sheltered accommodation blighted by drugs gangs and prostitutes,’ a neighbour has claimed.
Neil Shadwick, 63, was found unresponsive and without his scooter in the supermarket car park in Stroud, Gloucestershire, shortly before 6am on Sunday.
The pensioner, who battled Parkinson’s disease, was rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by paramedics, but died later the same day.
Now, his neighbour claims that drugs gangs and prostitutes had been targeting adults in the community.
Neil Shadwick was ‘living in sheltered accommodation blighted by drugs gangs and prostitutes,’ a neighbour has alleged
A security video clip showed a man believed to be Mr Shadwick driving up to a cashpoint with a woman in a long grey coat on the back of his scooter
Mental health worker Rob Marsh, 60, told The Times that prostitutes followed men from the Tesco Express and attempted to make conversation. He also claimed a drugs gang was ‘cuckooing’ an alleged ‘vulnerable adult’ by taking of their house as a drug dealing base.
Mr Marsh’s claims come as police have issued an appeal for more information into the attack.
Security camera video showed a man believed to be Mr Shadwick driving up to a cashpoint with a woman in a long grey coat on the back of his scooter.
The man gingerly climbed off the scooter before withdrawing money, while the woman stood around impatiently. The pair then clambered back on the scooter and drove away.
The victim was found less than a mile away from the cashpoint on Sunday morning, while the scooter was found abandoned by a member of the public on Bisley Old Road over a mile away.
Police believe he was the subject of a robbery and have appealed for information from anyone who saw the mobility scooter being used in the Paganhill area of the town between around 2am and 4am on Sunday.
Officials have not yet formally identified the victim as Mr Shadwick.
The man believed to be Mr Shadwick is pictured at a cashpoint while the unnamed woman stands metres away and looks agitated
The woman steps up to Mr Shadwick as he makes the withdrawal before they both get back on the scooter and leave
The woman in the grey coat clambered onto the back of the scooter and the man thought to be Mr Shadwick drove away
Officers later arrested a 40-year-old woman on suspicion of robbery and murder. Magistrates yesterday granted Gloucestershire Police additional time to question her.
A spokesperson for the force said: ‘Magistrates have granted a warrant of further detention this morning for a woman who had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
‘It means the woman, aged 40, can remain in police custody for an additional 36 hours following her arrest in connection with the death of a man in Stroud over the weekend.
‘Police were called shortly before 6am on Sunday with a report a man had been found unresponsive in the car park of Tesco superstore on Stratford Road.
‘The man, aged in his 60s, had been found without his mobility scooter which he uses as his mode of transport.
‘He was subsequently taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by paramedics and died later that day. His next of kin has been informed.’
A spokesperson added: ‘The Major Crime Investigation Team is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and anyone with information which could assist is asked to contact police.
‘Anyone with information on what took place is asked to contact police online by completing the following form quoting incident 78 of 22 January. You can also call police on 101.
‘Information can be submitted anonymously by calling independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.’
A spokesperson for Tesco said: ‘We’re shocked and saddened by this terrible incident and our thoughts are with with everyone affected by it.
‘We are helping the police with their enquiries.’
A police vehicle is pictured outside a property in Paganhill, Stroud, where officers arrested a 40-year-old woman on suspicion of murder and robbery
A mobility scooter, which is believed to belong to the victim, was found at around 8am, abandoned almost two miles away in Bisley Old Road (pictured)
The victim, in his 60s, was found unresponsive and without his mobility scooter in the car park of a Tesco superstore in Stroud