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Father tells of tragic Big Issue seller’s Lichfield childhood

Ralph Millward

Ralph Millward

The father of a Big Issue seller found dead in Bournemouth has spoken of his son’s childhood in Lichfield.

Three teenagers have been charged with murder after 41-year-old Ralph Millward’s body was found outside the Marks and Spencer Store in the Westbourne area of Bournemouth on May 8.

Ralph spent his childhood in Lichfield and followed his parents Ken and Audrey to the seaside resort 13 years ago.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, his father revealed how his son’s life had been blighted by alcohol abuse. He added:

“He was not a bad kid. When he left school he came to work with me in the Dunlop factory as a machine operator but he eventually lost that job through drink.”

Two boys aged 16 and one aged 14, have been charged with Ralph’s murder and will appear at Poole Youth Court on May 18.

Samanth Allen, Bournemouth’s Big Issue distribution manager paid tribute to Ralph. She said:

“He had become well respected and loved by staff and volunteers at The Big Issue as well as with his customers and the wider community.”

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1 Comment

  1. kate sanderson

    20th May, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I would like to say what a great person Ralph was, I met Ralph in Westbourne when I moved their a 7 years ago,when it was time for me to move on Ralph was so kind even offered to help me move things for me, I will miss him and his happy face , your now safe Ralph, will try and ensure justice is done for you.
    x x Kate