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 Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 16:59 GMT
Man 'beheaded by guillotine'
Police car - generic
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances
A man is believed to have beheaded himself using a home-made guillotine attached to an electrical timing device.

Northumbria Police said the body of Boyd Taylor, 36, was found by his father at the home the pair shared in Milbourne, Northumberland.

Detectives believe Mr Taylor may have built a timer to activate the device which killed him in the early hours of Monday morning.

It is believed he had built a mechanism to set it off at 0330 GMT.

They kept themselves to themselves

John Purdy, neighbour

Officers were called to the scene after the victim's father made the discovery on Monday.

He had not been able to get an answer from his son when he set off for work in the morning but returned to find the body in the bedroom.

He was described as being "in a state of deep shock and trauma".

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 36-year-old man found at his home.

"There are no suspicious circumstances and a file is being prepared for the coroner."

People living in Millbourne said the father and son lived quietly in the village.

The pair lived in a small bungalow just off the main A696 road that runs north-west of Ponteland.

Their nearest neighbour was John Purdy, whose home is several hundred yards away said: "They kept themselves to themselves and I have only seen them a few times even though I have lived here for six years."


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