A children’s creator who was shot in the head in Hampshire has died.
James Nash was critically hurt after he was attacked at his cottage before this 7 days. The person believed accountable fled on a motorbike and crashed and died as police gave chase.
The leader of Exam borough council, Phil North, wrote on his Facebook website page on Friday night: “It has been confirmed that James Nash has unfortunately died.”
He extra: “This is this sort of devastating news. I’m absolutely sure there will be numerous additional tributes to James in the coming times and weeks – and in time an opportunity for the local community to arrive together with his family members to take into account some variety of lasting memorial to his life.”
It has been claimed that Alex Sartain, 34, who died as he tried out to flee on his motorbike after apparently taking pictures Nash, considered his target was a federal government agent who was spying on him.
Nash’s spouse, Sarah, a scientist, received minor injuries in the assault.
Detectives are continuing to try to pin down the motive for the taking pictures, which took place in the village of Upper Enham, near Andover, on Wednesday afternoon.
But a neighbour who understands the Sartain family members claimed that Sartain had mental well being problems and falsely considered Nash was preserving him below surveillance.
Tony Bennett, 55, who owns a bodyshop and restoration business enterprise in the village, mentioned he spoke to Sartain the working day ahead of the taking pictures and he seemed agitated.
He mentioned: “I saw Alex the working day ahead of and he pointed at Mr Nash’s household and mentioned, ‘They are hoping to get me sectioned.’
“Because Mr Nash made use of to work in aerospace, Alex obtained it in his head that this guy performs for the federal government. He had it in his head that he was getting spied on.”
Sartain was a mechanic by trade and was jailed in 2016 for a theft dedicated even though on a suspended sentence for assault and for driving below the affect of drugs. His social media webpages present he was fascinated in figures related to Nazi Germany and once wrote: “I arrive with a warning label.”
Law enforcement have not mentioned what weapon was made use of in the assault but some community individuals have claimed it was a selfmade shotgun.
North before mentioned officers were being confident the deceased motorbike rider was the perpetrator of the taking pictures.
Prior to the news of Nash’s dying emerged, he explained him as a “hands-on” councillor, North mentioned: “I know James very well and have worked with him on a amount of tasks. I’m nevertheless utterly stunned at this awful incident.
“James is this sort of a type-hearted particular person who cares deeply for his local community. He is also a talented children’s creator and illustrator and I was particularly touched final yr when a single of the dedications in his most up-to-date guide was to my new child daughter.”
Hampshire police mentioned investigations were being at an early stage but they did not believe that there were being any outstanding suspects.
Sartain is considered to have to begin with fled the scene on foot ahead of hoping to get absent on a bike. He was involved in a deadly crash on an A-highway about 3 miles from Nash’s home.
Nash, who is also an artist, had created children’s guides like the self-illustrated The Wintertime Wild.
The deadly motorbike crash has been referred to the Impartial Business office for Law enforcement Perform (IOPC).