‘We are devastated’ say daughters of granddad who died after Durham club disturbance

Stewart Anderson, pictured holding his granddaughter Neve Allcroft, with daughters Kelly Beston, left and Kay Allcroft.
Stewart Anderson, pictured holding his granddaughter Neve Allcroft, with daughters Kelly Beston, left and Kay Allcroft.

The daughters of a man who died after a nightclub disturbance have led tributes to their hardworking father.

Kay Allcroft and Kelly Beston, the grown-up daughters of Hetton man Stewart Anderson, have spoken of their loss after the 54-year-old died at the weekend.

Cordoned off area around the Love Shack nightclub in Durham City. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Cordoned off area around the Love Shack nightclub in Durham City. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Mr Anderson, a freelance tiler by trade, leaves behind two brothers, this daughters and a two-year-old granddaughter.

Today, Mr Anderson’s girls paid tribute to him.

In a statement released through Durham Constabulary, they said: “We are devastated to have lost our dad in such sudden and shocking circumstances.

“Dad was a very hard-working man who, when not at work, was utterly devoted to his beloved granddaughter Neve.

We are devastated to have lost our dad in such sudden and shocking circumstances.

Stewart Anderson’s daughters speak of their loss

“He will be hugely missed not only by his family but also his circle of friends.”

Mr Anderson’s family wished to express thanks for the support of friends during this difficult time.

They have asked for time to grieve in peace.

The force has renewed its appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident during the early hours of Sunday and has information that might assist the investigation to get in touch.

Loveshack nightclub in Walkergate, Durham.

Loveshack nightclub in Walkergate, Durham.

Police were called to the Walkergate complex in Durham at 1am following reports of a disturbance inside the Loveshack club.

When officers arrived they found doorstaff had detained two men and escorted them outside.

Police said it became clear one of the men was in distress and having health difficulties.

He was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham, but his condition deteriorated and a few hours after he was admitted to hospital he died.

A post-mortem examination was expected to be carried out to establish a formal cause of death.

Seven men were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and one on suspicion of a public order offence.

All eight have now all been released on police bail, pending further inquiries, until the end of September.

Police said no charges have been brought at this stage.

Anyone with information can contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.