Man charged with Lancaster murder


September 11, 2020

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Lancaster.

Police were called at around 6.40pm on Saturday (Sept 5th) to reports that a man had been assaulted near to Barclays Bank in the city.

We were subsequently called at 10.15am on Monday (September 7th) to an address in Chestnut Grove, Lancaster, following reports of a sudden death.

Enquiries established the deceased man was 46-year-old Seamus Cuffe who was the victim of the altercation on Saturday.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out but the cause of death is at this stage unascertained.

Detectives launched an investigation and following enquiries we arrested Kieran Cuffe, Seamus’ brother.

After consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Kieran Cuffe, 48, of Dunkeld Street, Lancaster was charged with murder yesterday evening (Wednesday, September 9th).

He is due to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, September 10th).

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Willis, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “My thoughts remain with Seamus Cuffe’s loved ones and we have specially trained officers supporting the family.

“While we have now charged a man, I would continue to appeal to anyone who may have information to contact us. I am especially keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the altercation on Saturday or who has any mobile phone footage. I would urge them to come forward.

“Likewise, we need to understand Seamus’ recent movements and so I am keen to speak with anyone who had contact with him at any point on Saturday through to him sadly being found deceased on Monday morning.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1477 of September 5th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.