THE wife of a man falsely accused of being a paedophile, and who last week died of a suspected heart attack, is blaming the malicious rumours for his death.
Bryan Davies, 63, formerly of Emma Street, Accrington told the Observer just weeks ago that vigilantes wrongly targeting him and his home would put him in an ‘early grave’.
The allegations arose after two young girls made false claims he had indecently touched them.
Following an investigation police dismissed the claims as ‘false and without any foundation whatsoever’ and circulated a letter trying to clear Mr Davies name.
But his wife Debbie, 44, is now blaming those who targeted her husband for his death.
Mrs Davies who has been with Bryan for four years said: "I blame those two young girls who made the false allegations in the first place. Hand on heart, I believe they and their vigilante families are responsible for my Bryan’s death.
"He was a lovely man, who would have done anything for anyone. He was my world and we did everything together."
The couple had only recently moved from Emma Street, to Bradshaw Street West, in Accrington to escape the sickening abuse after their pleas for help to police were ignored.
Mr Davies, told the Observer shortly before his death that police had advised him to move house if the situation wasn’t getting any better. But he died last Friday.
Mrs Davies said: "On Friday, Bryan was starting to feel really unwell and we thought he had a kidney infection."
"I tried to get a GP out to have a look at him but they just told me to take him to Accrington Victoria Hospital, so that is what I did.
"I pulled up outside the hospital and ran inside to get help, when I returned to the car a few minutes later he was unconscious and they just couldn’t help him.
"He was taken to Blackburn but he died."
Following a short holiday in October, Mr Davies asked the police to prosecute his accusers and warned them the fight to clear his name could cost him his life.
Speaking to the Observer at the time he said: "I have done nothing wrong and I won’t be driven away. I would never touch a child and the though somebody could think that about me is heartbreaking and devastating.
"I will clear my name even if it kills me."
Police officers had made reassurance visits to Mr Davies home only last Tuesday after a brick was thrown through the conservatory of their new home.
Debbie said: "If CID had stepped into help Bryan he would still be here today. Those girls needed to pay for what they did. They wrecked his life then killed him.
"I hope they suffer guilt now they know he is dead."
A police spokesperson said: "A decision had been made not to prosecute the girls because of their ages and instead officers had chosen to deal with them in a more informal manner with help of social services."
Inspector for Hyndburn, Andy Winter added: "The neighbourhood policing have supported Mr and Mrs Davies from the outset. We have put a number of interventions into place which have ensured their personal safety and protected their home.
"We have provided CCTV and regular patrols and worked with the family to stop them being victimised.
"The neighbourhood policing team have developed a strong relationship with the Davies family and our thought and with his family and this tragic and sad time."
Tragic events leading to his death:
THE wife of a man wrongly labelled as a paedophile has told of the harrowing moment she feels he was let down by the authorities for a second time.
Bryan Davies, 63, of Bradshaw Street West, Accrington died from a suspected heart attack last Friday.
Debbie Davies, 44, his wife, now feels he was let down not only by the police for not taking action against the girls but by the doctors she asked for help hours before he died.
She said: "We were at home when Bryan began to feel really unwell and suffering from lot’s of pain.
"His symptoms looked like a severe kidney infection. I called the GP and asked him to come and do a home visit but I was simply told to take him to Accrington Victoria Hospital because there was no available appointments."
Following the experts advice Mrs Davies drove her partner of four years to the Whalley Road Hospital. The hospital is only equipped to cope with minor injuries and outpatients.
But as she ran inside to get help for her husband, he is thought to have suffered a heart attack and died alone in the car.
Mrs Davies said: "I was only gone for a few moments to try and get somebody to help us in.
"But when I returned to the car he was unconscious. Paramedics tried to help him and he was taken to Blackburn Hospital but they told me he had gone.
"If only Eagle Medical Centre had answered my request for help the outcome may have been very different. I don’t think they did enough to help him. He wasn’t ready to go."
Mr Davies and his wife had moved from Emma Street, in Accrington to escape their persecutors.
But their new home was also targeted. Someone threw a brick through the window of their conservatory last week.
Mr Davies a keen fisherman had suffered a stroke, shortly after the allegations against him were made.
A funeral service will be conducted at Accrington Crematorium at 3pm on Wednesday.
He will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in one of his favourite fishing haunts, a reservoir in Wales.
A spokesman for NHS East Lancashire said: "We are looking into the facts but we understand that paramedics took Mr Davies by ambulance to the emergency department at the Royal Blackburn Hospital."