Standard's Patrick McGowan dies aged 60

Reporter who uncovered some of the most important crime stories of recent times passes away.

Patrick McGowan, one of the Evening Standard's most experienced hard news reporters, has died at the age of 60 - writes former colleague Paul Cheston.

Patrick, a resolute Yorkshireman, was an outstanding crime and court reporter in a career that spanned four decades on this paper.

His forte was the really big stories of that era and he was the first man in Fleet Street to break major developments in cases such as Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, the Piper Alpha disaster and mass murderer Harold Shipman.

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