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No charges after 'fence dispute death' in Stockport

David Fantom
Image caption Mr Fantom lived at the house in Offerton with his wife, Elaine

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering his next-door neighbour after a reported dispute over a garden fence will not face criminal action.

Donald Bowman, 56, was detained following the death of David Fantom, 63, in Stockport, Greater Manchester, on 8 July.

Mr Fantom, a grandfather, suffered head injuries at his home and died the same day in hospital.

Police said Mr Bowman was told last month he would not be charged.

Neighbours said the pair had rowed over the fence between their semi-detached homes.

Head injuries superficial

They said the fence had originally been about 5ft (1.5m), but Mr Bowman, wanting more privacy, was thought to have then put up a fence of 6ft (1.8m) in the weeks before the fatal incident.

Police were called to Mr Fantom's home in Windermere Road at about 1035 BST on 8 July, to reports of a dispute. They found him with head injuries.

Mr Bowman was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly afterwards and was later released on bail.

It is understood post-mortem tests on Mr Fantom proved inconclusive and that the head injuries appeared superficial.

The matter will now be passed to the coroner.

Mr Bowman has declined to comment on the matter.

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