Journalist may have been murdered

A journalist who spent 20 years as arts correspondent for the Wandsworth Borough News may have been murdered.

Edward Rhodes, 69, was walking home from an evening spent at The Grapes pub in Wandsworth Town when he was involved in a row with a cyclist. He was found dead in his flat two days later and police believe his death was caused by “injuries sustained during an altercation”.

Rhodes trained at RADA and began his career as an actor, later becoming a scriptwriter working on programmes such as All Creatures Great and Small and Z-Cars.

He left the London weekly shortly after it was bought from Dimbleby Newspapers by Newsquest in 2001.

Former colleague Charlie MassonSmith worked with Rhodes for six years from 1991. He said: “He’d worked for the paper for so long that he knew everyone around the town centre. There wasn’t much that went on in Wandsworth that he didn’t know about.

“He was a wonderful, funny, understanding and interesting man who would fill a room with his presence.

“He was a really fun guy to be around and gave new reporters a good welcome and made them feel at home.”

By Dominic Ponsford

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