Killer who murdered the son of Bobby Noble dies in prison

Killer who murdered the son of ex Manchester United player Bobby Noble outside pub in 1994 dies in prison

  •  Simon Fell was jailed after he knifed Grant Noble, 26, outside a pub in 1994

The man who murdered the son of ex-Manchester United player Bobby Noble outside a pub in 1994 has died in prison.

Simon Fell knifed Grant Noble, 26, outside the Station At Sale pub in Sale, Greater Manchester, on 3 December 1994.

Fell, who stabbed Mr Noble in the heart and neck after an argument, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years in March 1996.

But he remained in prison after this period expired and had resided at HMP Wymott, near Leyland, Lancashire, since April 2019.

Mr Noble, a father-of-two, was the son of Bobby Noble, a defender who won a Division One title with United in 1967.

On the morning of January 29 this year, prison officers were unlocking the cells when Fell was discovered, wedged between his bed and bedside table. 

Paramedics were called but the 60-year-old was pronounced dead at 9:16am.

Grant Noble, who was stabbed to death in Sale, Greater Manchester, on 3 December 1994

George Best and Bobby Noble at the Old Trafford, Manchester

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman carries out investigations into all deaths in custody to ensure they received appropriate care.

A report published last week revealed that the cause of death was a cardiac incident due to atheromatous coronary vascular disease (thickening or hardening of the arteries) and left ventricular hypertrophy (thickening of the wall of the heart’s main pumping chamber), which was caused by high blood pressure.

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The ombudsman did not find any clinical issues relating to Fell’s care whilst in prison. 

Healthcare staff saw him frequently to manage his longstanding blood pressure and asthma problems and staff at Wymott created appropriate care plans and made appropriate hospital referrals.

Fell had several health issues, including high blood pressure, and had convinced himself that he would be blinded unless he wore a cap and sunglasses. 

There was no medical evidence to support this and healthcare staff treated it as a mental health issue.

The clinical reviewer noted that Fell was not formally diagnosed with a mental illness or prescribed any medication for his mental health. However, he needed significant support and had several assessments of his mental state.

The report noted that Fell was the 22nd prisoner to die at HMP Wymott since January 2020. 

Of the previous deaths, 20 were from natural causes, one was self-inflicted and one was drug-related. There have been five deaths of natural causes since.

Bobby Noble made 33 appearances for Sir Matt Busby in the 1966/67 season as a defender before his playing career was ended by a car crash aged 21.

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