Sussex

Tributes to generator death couple Ken and Dorothy Swallow

Kenneth Swallow
Image caption Kenneth Swallow was manager of Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath FCs

Tributes have been paid to a former football club manager who was found dead at his home with his wife.

Sussex Police said it was believed Ken Swallow, 70, and his wife, Dorothy, 71, died from fumes from a generator left running overnight after a power cut.

Their bodies were found at their home in Malthouse Lane, Hurstpierpoint by family members on Boxing Day.

"It was tragic news - Ken and his wife were lovely people," said Burgess Hill Town FC manager Richard Strange.

Mr Swallow played for Burgess Hill in the 1970s and went on manage the team. He also managed Haywards Heath Town FC.

The couple's granddaughter was doing work experience at Burgess Hill on the day they were found.

Thousands of homes in the South East were without electricity over Christmas following storms on 24 December.

Police said an investigation into Mr and Mrs Swallow's deaths was continuing but there were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

Burgess Hill Town FC said their lives would be celebrated with a ceremony during the next home fixture.

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