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Family devastated by car park death

The family of a 64-year-old man who was killed in a row over a disabled parking space have said they are "devastated" by his death.

Brian Holmes from Sandy in Bedfordshire died in hospital on Sunday after the disagreement in an Asda supermarket car park in Biggleswade on Saturday.

In a statement released through Bedfordshire Police, his family said: "The family are devastated by the loss of Brian in such shocking circumstances. A wife has lost her husband, best friend and carer all in one go. Brian was a family man who adored his grandchildren and family, and had only this week been given the all-clear following treatment for cancer. Brian and his wife were only just starting to make plans for the future that they only dared to dream of."

Mr Holmes's relatives were at his bedside when he died at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Redfearn, who is leading the investigation, said: "The men were waiting in the disabled parking area at the time and got into a disagreement about parking. We know they became involved in a disagreement which resulted in one man punching the other, knocking him to the ground.

"It would seem an argument over nothing has led to tragic and devastating consequences for both men and their families. I know the supermarket car park would have been very busy on a Saturday afternoon so if you were there at the relevant time, please contact the police in confidence."

A 65-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter has been released on bail until August 19, Bedfordshire police said.

Detective Inspector Liz Mead said: "This is an extremely sad incident which has left a family absolutely devastated and our family liaison officers are doing all that they can to assist and support them at this very difficult time.

"I would like to hear from anybody who was in the car park at Asda on Saturday afternoon and may have seen the altercation taking place close to the disabled parking area. A number of people have already come forward but it is imperative that we speak with as many people as possible and collect all of the facts into what happened. Even the smallest pieces of information could assist us with our inquiries."

Anyone with information can call Bedfordshire Police on 101 or send a text message to 07786 200011. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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