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Cllr Gordon Cox found dead at home

Friday, 3rd October 2014.

One of Haverhill's most active councillors has been found dead at his home at the age of 66.

Police entered the home of Cllr Gordon Cox in Hundon Place yesterday after his family expressed concern that they could not contact him, and found him dead.

Cllr Cox, who represented Haverhill East on St Edmundsbury Borough Council, was first elected in 2004, as a Conservative, but later became an Independent and then joined UKIP.

He was active in the local footballing scene, and refereed many matches.

He is survived by his four children and ten grandchildren.

Cllr Cox had built up a reputation as a tenacious and campaigning councillor on behalf of his constituents.

He was also well-known for his independent thinking and innovative ideas, some highly controversial, such as the banning of dogs from Haverhill town centre, which he advocated at this year's annual town meeting.

But he was also responsible for suggesting and campaigning for such features as the town clock, which is in the process of being created for a site in Jubilee Walk, and the new Garden of Remembrance in East Town Park, opened in August to mark the centenary of the start of World War I.

Haverhill's MP, Matthew Hancock, paid tribute to Cllr Cox, saying: “The whole of Haverhill will be sad to hear of the death of Councillor Gordon Cox.

"I enjoyed working with Gordon over the past five years. He was fearless at sticking up for his community and a true tribune of the people. He was dedicated to serving Haverhill in his own inimitable way and he will be missed by all.”

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