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Man who shot council officer live on TV dies

Man who shot council officer live on TV dies

Albert Dryden was jailed for life following the shooting
A man who shot dead a planning officer in view of TV cameras to protect an illegally built bungalow has died in a care home a year after being freed. Albert Dryden gunned down Derwentside Council planning officer Harry Collinson, in Butsfield, County Durham, in June 1991.He was convicted of murder and the attempted murder of a solicitor.Dryden was released from prison last year after suffering a stroke and died aged 77 in a care home at the weekend.Dryden was also convicted of wounding a police officer and a BBC journalist.
Dryden opened fire on Mr Collinson and a solicitor, Michael Dunstan, as they led a council operation to demolish the bungalow he had built on a smallholding down a country lane.When Mr Collinson, a 46-year-old divorced father of two, fell wounded into a ditch, Dryden hit him with two further shots.
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During the trial at Newcastle Crown Court in April 1992, the former steelworker claimed he was mentally unwell and not responsible for his actions - a claim that was rejected by the jury.The Parole Board released Dryden on "compassionate grounds" in 2017 after a stroke left him disabled and unable to speak.
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