UPDATE: Tributes paid to 'loving' and 'caring' man found dead at Weymouth hotel

Emergency services called to incident at Weymouth hotel

Emergency services called to incident at Weymouth hotel

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'loving' and 'caring' Weymouth man who was found dead at his home.

Police launched an investigation into the death of a local 52-year-old who was discovered at the Rodwell House Hotel on Tuesday evening.

The man has been named locally as popular resident and father Alan Fudge.

Emergency services rushed to the address of multiple occupancy on Rodwell Road at around 6.45pm.

Officers later confirmed that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Many residents spoke of their shock at the sudden loss of the 52-year-old, who had lived at the Rodwell Road property for thirteen years.

Community outreach worker Angie Barnes paid tribute to his 'loving' and 'caring' nature.

Miss Barnes said: “He was a lovely man and will be very much missed.

“Everyone knew him as a very caring person and it is a tragic loss.

“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends.”

The pair met some years ago through Miss Barnes' community work via Soul Food, which provides hot meals for rough sleepers which may include those addicted to drugs and drink and ex-offenders.

She told of how the 52-year-old was already a resident at the Rodwell House Hotel, when the landlord began to let her house Soul Food service users at the property when rooms became available.

Miss Barnes, who spent time on the streets herself, added: “All of the service users we work with are great people.

“It is a great shame to see that someone so young has died but it is something you see a lot of when you work in the community.”

She added: “Each time a service user dies I take it as a personal blow as we get to know them and what great people they are.”

Eyewitnesses spoke of their shock at seeing five police cars and an ambulance outside the hotel.

Friends and well-wishers took to Facebook and the Echo website to pay their respects.

Donna Hill posted her condolences. She said: “Such a wonderful man, so sad to lose a life so young R.I.P xxxxx.”

Other close friends, who knew Alan from the Rodwell area, paid tribute to his 'thoughtful, kind and caring' nature.

Dorset Police said the matter is now an issue for the coroner and that next of kin have been informed.

It is believed that Mr Fudge has left behind family members, including a daughter, on Portland.

Miss Barnes says she tragically sees on average three service users die each year, with this most recent death being the first this winter.

 Speaking outside the hotel on Tuesday evening, Inspector Geoff Hicks of Dorset Police said: “We are investigating the death of a 52 year-old local male.

“After initial investigations it is not believed to be suspicious.”

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8:26am Wed 2 Apr 14

cosmick says...

How can an update be the same story as yesterday?
How can an update be the same story as yesterday? cosmick
  • Score: 2

11:45am Wed 2 Apr 14

Legal Eyes says...

Man dies. No suspicious circumstances. It's sad, but is it news?
Man dies. No suspicious circumstances. It's sad, but is it news? Legal Eyes
  • Score: -4

11:54am Wed 2 Apr 14

Bollard says...

Legal Eyes wrote:
Man dies. No suspicious circumstances. It's sad, but is it news?
Probably yes due to the large police presence.
It's worth pointing out that Rodwell House is not really a Hotel AFAIK.
[quote][p][bold]Legal Eyes[/bold] wrote: Man dies. No suspicious circumstances. It's sad, but is it news?[/p][/quote]Probably yes due to the large police presence. It's worth pointing out that Rodwell House is not really a Hotel AFAIK. Bollard
  • Score: 6

2:33pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Naturalised southerner says...

Five police cars for one, non suspicious death. What happens when it is suspicious, are all other police matters put on hold?
Five police cars for one, non suspicious death. What happens when it is suspicious, are all other police matters put on hold? Naturalised southerner
  • Score: -3

6:18pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Weston7 says...

Why do they call it a hotel?
Why do they call it a hotel? Weston7
  • Score: 3

6:22pm Wed 2 Apr 14

mandymoo86 says...

We should be thinking of this persons family and friends at this sad and troubled time not moaning about how many police cars arrived or is it worth mentioning
We should be thinking of this persons family and friends at this sad and troubled time not moaning about how many police cars arrived or is it worth mentioning mandymoo86
  • Score: 29

7:32pm Wed 2 Apr 14

mandymoo86 says...

R.i.p fudge such a lovely guy will be missed
R.i.p fudge such a lovely guy will be missed mandymoo86
  • Score: 7

7:41pm Wed 2 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

Naturalised southerner wrote:
Five police cars for one, non suspicious death. What happens when it is suspicious, are all other police matters put on hold?
Very sad what has happened to this man, but as usual the plod like to arrive mob handed,looks impressive for the net curtain crew and gives them a morale boost by feeling like The Sweeney.
[quote][p][bold]Naturalised southerner[/bold] wrote: Five police cars for one, non suspicious death. What happens when it is suspicious, are all other police matters put on hold?[/p][/quote]Very sad what has happened to this man, but as usual the plod like to arrive mob handed,looks impressive for the net curtain crew and gives them a morale boost by feeling like The Sweeney. westbaywonder
  • Score: -8

11:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

mandymoo86 wrote:
We should be thinking of this persons family and friends at this sad and troubled time not moaning about how many police cars arrived or is it worth mentioning
Shame the echo don't think of that while trying to fill pages out of a mans death.

Disgusting.

Never mind, almost time for another holocaust or domestic violence propaganda piece.....
[quote][p][bold]mandymoo86[/bold] wrote: We should be thinking of this persons family and friends at this sad and troubled time not moaning about how many police cars arrived or is it worth mentioning[/p][/quote]Shame the echo don't think of that while trying to fill pages out of a mans death. Disgusting. Never mind, almost time for another holocaust or domestic violence propaganda piece..... Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: -6

10:41am Thu 3 Apr 14

MaidofDorset says...

Naturalised southerner wrote:
Five police cars for one, non suspicious death. What happens when it is suspicious, are all other police matters put on hold?
Sudden death is always taken seriously by the authorities and so it should be. At least he spent his last 13 years in a homely environment.

Condolences to family and friends for your loss.
[quote][p][bold]Naturalised southerner[/bold] wrote: Five police cars for one, non suspicious death. What happens when it is suspicious, are all other police matters put on hold?[/p][/quote]Sudden death is always taken seriously by the authorities and so it should be. At least he spent his last 13 years in a homely environment. Condolences to family and friends for your loss. MaidofDorset
  • Score: 6

5:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Jaydedown says...

I'm his daughter Beth, how inconsiderate, does it matter how many cars and if it was not suspisious, your comments are disgusting you clearly are not thinking about his friends and family!!
I'm his daughter Beth, how inconsiderate, does it matter how many cars and if it was not suspisious, your comments are disgusting you clearly are not thinking about his friends and family!! Jaydedown
  • Score: 19

5:42pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Donna!!!!! says...

To all the narrow minded, ignorant, arrogant ppl who hav nothing better to do than sit back being a 'keyboard warrior' stamping on other ppls grief & feelings. I think you all should be ashamed of urselves, firstly of judging some1 who has been very close to my heart for a number of years, whether living in a mansion, on the streets, or the rodwell hotel! Secondly for assuming that because it's not wat YOU PERFECT PEOPLE call a hotel, but for my friend it was his HOME!!! It does not matter how many police cars there was & I just hope & pray that 1 day none of ur friends r found in such sad circumstances, & to have his daughter read ur messages is disgusting!! I hope ur all bowing ur heads in shame!!! R.I.P mate xxxxx
To all the narrow minded, ignorant, arrogant ppl who hav nothing better to do than sit back being a 'keyboard warrior' stamping on other ppls grief & feelings. I think you all should be ashamed of urselves, firstly of judging some1 who has been very close to my heart for a number of years, whether living in a mansion, on the streets, or the rodwell hotel! Secondly for assuming that because it's not wat YOU PERFECT PEOPLE call a hotel, but for my friend it was his HOME!!! It does not matter how many police cars there was & I just hope & pray that 1 day none of ur friends r found in such sad circumstances, & to have his daughter read ur messages is disgusting!! I hope ur all bowing ur heads in shame!!! R.I.P mate xxxxx Donna!!!!!
  • Score: 15

6:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Rocket dog3 says...

Well said Donna!!!!! I didn't know MR Alan fudge but the way you talk about him and obviously him very well I'm sure he was a really nice and genuine person , and to all you other idiotic morons commenting on this page have a heart you wouldn't like it if it was you .......
Well said Donna!!!!! I didn't know MR Alan fudge but the way you talk about him and obviously him very well I'm sure he was a really nice and genuine person , and to all you other idiotic morons commenting on this page have a heart you wouldn't like it if it was you ....... Rocket dog3
  • Score: 5

6:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Rocket dog3 says...

Also I offer my condolences and well wishes to the family xxxxxx
Also I offer my condolences and well wishes to the family xxxxxx Rocket dog3
  • Score: 5

1:48pm Fri 4 Apr 14

sharonanne4468 says...

You people need to take a step back and think about what your posting. If the police get a call and know all the circumstances, of course they are going to send out the relevant people to deal with it. In this case they didnt. Have some compassion and get a life.
You people need to take a step back and think about what your posting. If the police get a call and know all the circumstances, of course they are going to send out the relevant people to deal with it. In this case they didnt. Have some compassion and get a life. sharonanne4468
  • Score: 5

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