Tribute to beheaded man

PUBLISHED: 12:09 25 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

John Finney

John Finney

A FATHER-OF-FOUR who was brutally beheaded has been remembered by his family as a charming man . Northaw traveller John Finney s body was found by garages in Ickleford, near Hitchin, last Friday with his hands and head hacked off. John s father, who is

A FATHER-OF-FOUR who was brutally beheaded has been remembered by his family as "a charming man".

Northaw traveller John Finney's body was found by garages in Ickleford, near Hitchin, last Friday with his hands and head hacked off.

John's father, who is also called John, said that his "soul has been destroyed" after hearing of his son's vicious murder.

He said: "John was a wonderful son who grew from a lovely child into a charming man.

"He was the life and soul of our family and the community and was loved dearly by all.

"John was a devoted father who worked hard for his family.

He enjoyed the countryside and was particularly fond of horses and green finches. His main hobby was renovating vintage vehicles.

"His entire family miss him desperately. We are completely broken hearted.

"I would urge anyone who has any information about John's murder to please come forward."

Police continue to actively search for the whereabouts of Mr Finney's head and hands.

They told the WHT that although investigations continue they have finished searching his caravan in Park Farm, Northaw Road West, for clues.

Anyone with any details about Mr Finney's disappearance or murder should call police on 01707 355666.


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