Family pay tribute to man who died in Spencers Croft disturbance

Crime / Sat 14th May 2022 at 02:28pm

A MAN who died following an incident in Harlow has been described as “always having a smile on his face.”

Seventy-three year-old Alfred ‘John’ Bates died in Spencers Croft following reports of a disturbance there on the evening of May 1st.

In a tribute, his family said: “Alfred ‘John’ Bates was a beloved husband to his wife of 52 years, a devoted father of two, a loving grandfather to his two grandchildren that he raised and his three great grandchildren.

“He was a well known and loved member of the community who always had a smile on his face and always wanted to help in any way he could.

“He will be truly missed by his family, friends and all that knew him. He will be forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten.”

Another man was injured during the incident and was taken to hospital.

Four people were arrested in connection with the incident and have all now been released on bail.

A 26 year-old man and a 16 year-old boy have been bailed until 19 May.

A 43 year-old man and a 47 year-old man have been released on bail until 27 May.

If you have any information, you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the

‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Or call 101 and quote incident 1165 of 1 May.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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7 Comments for Family pay tribute to man who died in Spencers Croft disturbance:

Jennifer Steadman
2022-05-14 17:38:37

My sincerest condolances & thoughts are with Alfred's family & friends. XX

Not fair
2022-05-14 17:40:00

RIP John, known you for over 40 years, always happy to help others and always had a smile where ever you went. We be surely missed by all who knew you. A gentle kind man, who would do anything for anyone, taken so cruelly and too soon. Thinking of you Brenda, Jackie Barry ❤️ 💙

Edna Symes
2022-05-15 08:32:00

R I P in peace John so so sad to hear the news's.I worked with John always smiling making me laugh & and would always help. Sending all my ❤ love to the family for your loss of such a good man.

Derek hodge
2022-05-15 14:05:11

Why the fuck are these people freed on bail, if they are placed at the place of a serious crime then they should be remanded until such time it goes to court.

Daniel Long
2022-05-15 16:27:13

R. I, P. John. I hope those responsible for this get exactly what they deserve

Brian oehme
2022-05-15 20:05:12

Rip John it was a pleasure knowing for for a long time m8 can't believe it you have gone xx

Louise ( cannon ) meywes
2022-05-16 17:49:25

R.I.P Johnny such a sad loss thinking of all your friends and family at this difficult time xx