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Help find relatives of slain St Helens teacher

Murdered teacher Paul Bellion, whose parents live in St Helens, pictured with his fiancee who was also killed in a gangland-style murder in France

Murdered teacher Paul Bellion, whose parents live in St Helens, pictured with his fiancee who was also killed in a gangland-style murder in France

An appeal has been launched to trace the St Helens relatives of a teacher murdered in mysterious circumstances almost 30 years ago.

Paul Bellion, who taught craft at Rosemary Musker High School in Norfolk, was found dead along with his fiancee Lorraine Glasby in a field in France in 1986 in a gangland-style killing.

The Norfolk school where he taught, which is now part of Thetford Academy, is honouring him with the unveiling of a sundial in the grounds next month.

Mr Bellion grew up in St Helens before moving to take up a teaching post in Norfolk.

Organisers of the ceremony, which is being held to replace a similar monument which was vandalised, now hope to trace some of Paul’s relatives, who are thought to live in the St Helens area, to see if they wish to attend the event.

David Napier, whose late wife Janey was a chair of governors at the school, said: “I believe Paul’s parents live in St Helens and I think he also had a brother.

“I’m trying to find them to let them know what we are doing, and it would be lovely if they could come down to Norfolk for the ceremony.

“I never met him, but from talking to other people I’ve been told Paul was a nice, enthusiastic man and his line manager spoke very highly of him.

“The headteacher who was at the school at the time, Geoffrey Lloyd, is coming from his home in Somerset to attend.

“I think that in itself says quite a lot about how Paul is still regarded.”

Paul and his fiancee Lorraine Glansby had gone to France on a cycling trip.

Their remains were found in a maize field in Brittany about a month after they had been killed.

Their bodies were found naked from the waist up, tied back-to-back and with gags in their mouths, and they had been killed by being shot in the back of the neck.

Paul’s parents Elizabeth and Douglas Bellion lived in St Helens at the time of his death.

The investigation into the two deaths was finally closed by French prosecutors in 2006 after a detective, who was keen to pursue the matter further, got the case reopened following a confession by a prisoner in 2005.

Paul, who was just 29 when he died, was taken on at the school in Thetford to teach craft and design, but nothing more is known about his upbringing and how he came to move to Norfolk.

The ceremony unveiling the sundial in memory of Paul Bellion takes place takes place at Thetford Academy on April 29.

Any relatives of Paul can get in touch with Mr Napier by emailing dnapier@netcom.co.uk or they can call the newsroom on 01942 506261.

 

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