LONDON — A man died in an effort to protect his neighbour — a convicted paedophile — during an attack, it has emerged.
Police are treating the death of Graham Buck, 66, in Little Gaddesden, near Berkhamsted, on Saturday, as murder.
He was protecting Francis Cory-Wright, who indecently assaulted a 10-year-old boy in the 1970s, when he was killed.
Detectives want to question 55-year-old Ian John McLoughlin, also known as Ian John Baker, in relation to the death. Police say he is “extremely dangerous”.
Hertfordshire Police stressed Buck and Cory-Wright were neighbours and were “not believed to be connected in any other way”.
Cory-Wright, who is in his late 80s, was jailed for 30 months in 2011 for assaulting the boy.
Cory-Wright, a former underwriter with Lloyds, is currently being treated in hospital for injuries he sustained during the attack.
It is understood Cory-Wright and McLoughlin know each other from prison. (BBC)