Grimsby: The Murder of Bernard ‘Bunny’ Newton

Six miles west of the Seaport town of Grimsby in Lincolnshire, is the tiny rural village of Irby upon Humber. 


On the evening of July 10th, 1991, Humberside Police were called to the home of a well known local family, the Newton’s, where shots had been fired. The owner of the house, Forty-five-year-old Clifford Newton was the eldest son and business partner of Grimsby millionaire nightclub and bingo hall owner Bernard “Bunny” Newton. Bunny and his sons had been in the club business since the early ’70s. 


When police pulled into the driveway of Clifford’s home, they didn’t anticipate anything particularly serious. But, when no one would exit the house, the officer’s settled in for a two-and-a-half-hour standoff. 


At the end of it, Bunny Newton would be found dead.


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SOURCES


LOCAL HISTORY:

https://www.lincswolds.org.uk/enjoying/tourist-information


http://www.localhistories.org/grimsby.html


http://sidneysussexheritage.co.uk/the-royal/


Homicide Act, 1957

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2009/25/part/2/chapter/1/crossheading/partial-defence-to-murder-diminished-responsibility


A COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL NEWSPAPER ARTICLES:


Published: Saturday 04 August 1951 

Newspaper: Coventry Evening Telegraph 


Published: Wednesday 16 October 1957 

Newspaper: Birmingham Daily Post 


Published: Tuesday 09 May 1967 

Newspaper: Reading Evening Post


Published: Saturday 29 April 1967 

Newspaper: Liverpool Echo 


Published: Saturday 29 April 1967 

Newspaper: Reading Evening Post 


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