Council environment chief and wife found dead at Rugby home

Rugby Borough Council former head of environment and public realm Sean Lawson NNL-170530-162720001
Rugby Borough Council former head of environment and public realm Sean Lawson NNL-170530-162720001
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One of Rugby Borough Council’s chief officers and his wife were found dead at their Rugby home on Sunday (May 28).

Sean Lawson, 50, and his spouse Mary, 63, were discovered at a property on Wiggins Close at around 2.45pm after concern was raised for the occupants.

Sean Lawson was instrumental in planting of the Diamond Wood in the Rainsbrook Valley. Pictured at the community tree planting day in January, 2013 NNL-170530-162808001

Sean Lawson was instrumental in planting of the Diamond Wood in the Rainsbrook Valley. Pictured at the community tree planting day in January, 2013 NNL-170530-162808001

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and they are not looking for anyone else connected to the deaths.

In a joint statement, council leader Michael Stokes, Labour group leader Claire Edwards, Liberal Democrat group leader Jerry Roodhouse and executive director Adam Norburn paid tribute to Sean who was head of environment and public realm.

“We were shocked and saddened to receive the news that Sean Lawson and his wife Mary, had passed away over the weekend,” they said.

“Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time.

“Sean had worked for Rugby Borough Council for 12 years and had served the council and the people of the borough with the utmost dedication and passion for his work.

“His legacy will continue through the boroughs award winning parks and open spaces, as just one example.

“Our thanks and thoughts also go to Sean’s colleagues who even in the wake of this tragic news, have continued to work to the highest professional standards.

“We will continue to work together to ensure that Sean’s colleagues have the support they need following this very sad announcement.”

The couple’s next of kin have been informed.

Detective Inspector Matthew Pyatt added: “We are not treating the incident as suspicious.

“The incident was contained to the property and we’re not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

“The case will be handed over to the coroner.”