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Mysterious Death

A question mark hangs over the death of a man whose body was found at Faversham's Standard Quay.

Terence Boyle, 73, was found in the water on the night of 12 June next to his houseboat.

Police were called at 10pm by a concerned family member after Mr Boyle went missing. His body was discovered soon afterwards at 11.20pm.

Mr Boyle had only very recently moved his Dutch Barge 'Emanuel' from a mooring on Ash Island, Hampton Court to a residential mooring at Standard Quay.

Terence Boyle’s Dutch Barge Emanuel at Faversham’s Standard Quay.

Kent Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious. But Terry Boyle's friends want to know why he died.

Shaun O'Neill, a boat dealer from Hampton Court, said: “There is a whole community who want to know what happened to Terry. He was known all over the village as a well-loved character and a proper gentleman.”

Terry ran several businesses and was a well-known London portrait photographer in the 1970s and 80s, shooting the likes of Twiggy. He had recently recovered from a serious illness but was in good physical health, said Shaun O'Neill: “Terry wasn't a dithering old man. He didn't even have a walking stick. And I've never seen him drunk. It doesn't bring Terry back but I just want an answer.”

Police are preparing a report for the Kent Coroner. Once announced, The Faversham Eye will report on the inquest.


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