Inquest is told of grim find

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A village warden who was being investigated over child abuse allegations was found dead in a country lane with a bag over his head.

Derek Dallison, 50, was discovered by two local authority workers on April 20 after they spotted a figure slumped in a van parked in Barnes Lane, Kings Langley.

An inquest heard on Monday how a letter on the outside of the van warned passers-by to the danger of a helium canister found inside the van next to the body of the former warden for the village.

Police officers were also called, and despite resuscitation attempts, Dallison was found to have no sign of life.

Letters found inside the van gave instructions to friends regarding his dogs and other belongings.

Although it wasn’t mentioned at the inquest at Herts Coroner’s Court, the Gazette reported at the time of his death that thousands of indecent images of children had been found on Dallison’s computer.

The images were found when his computer was confiscated by police as part of a fraud investigation in January. He was released with no further action by the fraud investigators but Norfolk police have confirmed that they were investigating Dallison, of Belsize Road, Hemel Hempstead, for allegations of child abuse dating back to the 1980s.

In a statement mentioned at the inquest Dallison’s brother said that he thought Derek had money problems.

Dallison’s cause of death was given at the inquest as acute asphixia.

Verdict: suicide.