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Talks on bench tribute to Stone stab victim Connan McLeod postponed by legal action

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

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FRIENDS of a young Stone man who suffered a fatal stab wound are calling for a permanent memorial in the town.

The death of 22-year-old Connan McLeod, also known as Boz, last month shocked Stone residents of all ages.

He died following an incident in Whitemill Lane in the early hours of April 12.

The Churchill Road resident’s Facebook page was flooded with tributes from his friends and his funeral was held on May 8.

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A fundraising campaign to support Connan’s family, The Boz Fund, has also been set up online, so far netting more than £350.

And friends of the former Alleyne’s High School student have now called on Stone Town Council for help.

Councillor Jill Hood took their request to last night’s council meeting.

She said: “The nature of the sad and tragic death of Connan McLeod has shocked everyone, especially the youngsters who knew him. I have been approached by a group of young people who have asked if Stone Town Council can help them mark his short life with a permanent reminder to be placed in his memory.

“A bench has been suggested by the young people. Stone Town Council has a spare bench and it has not been decided yet where to site it.

“I ask that members generously support the young people of Stone and agree to donate the bench.”

But last night councillors postponed their discussions following advice from clerk Les Trigg.

He said: “As there is a legal case involved it would not be appropriate for the council to be discussing this issue.”

Daniel Allott, 26, of Bagots Oak, Stafford, has been charged with murder following Connan’s death.

He is remanded in custody and due to attend Stafford Crown Court on June 23 for a plea and directions hearing.

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