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Man who died in car fire named as former police chief

Mr Williams parked his car outside his neighbours house and set it on fire – Photo: Google

A man who died after setting his car on fire next to his home in Cavendish has been named locally as a retired Metropolitan Police chief.

According to national media he has been named locally as Edwin Williams, a former Met Police Detective Superintendent in his 70s.

Locals claimed he had repeatedly complained about the noise of the bells at a nearby church and described him as a ‘not a very popular man’.

Mr Williams is understood to have driven his car to the front of a neighbour’s house before setting it alight himself, while he was still inside.

Police investigating the circumstances of an incident in have confirmed that they are not treating the death as suspicious at this time.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Police were called at just after 7.30am yesterday, Saturday 6th March, to reports of a vehicle alight on The Green in the village.

The driver of the grey Hyundai IX35 estate car, a man in his 70’s, sadly died at the scene. His next of kin have been notified.

A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.

Any witnesses, or anyone driving in the area at around 7.30am with a dashcam in their vehicle, are asked to contact the Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference CAD 64 of 6th March.

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