The disappearance of Lord Lucan – a mystery which has captivated the country for decades – has finally been ‘solved’ after he was listed as a parish council’s newest member.
John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, commonly known as Lord Lucan, vanished in 1974 after being suspected of murdering his children’s nanny Sandra Rivett.
He has never been seen since despite hundreds of unsubstantiated sightings.
But the famous black and white photograph of the moustachioed peer has now appeared in a parish magazine announcing three newly elected parish councillors in Bersted, in West Sussex.
The latest edition of Bersted in Focus, states: ‘We’re pleased to introduce our three new councillors who gallantly responded to the appeal for volunteers.
‘Paul Ralph is a retired lawyer, Trevor Marshall is a former soldier, caterer and IT project manager and Keir Greenway works as a finance assistant.’
The infamous Lord Lucan photo is underneath, captioned Paul, alongside two far newer colour portrait photos captioned Keir and Trevor.
The ‘amazing revelation’ was spotted by North Bersted cartoonist Mike Jupp who posted on Facebook: ‘LORD LUCAN IS ALIVE...AND WORKING IN NORTH BERSTED.’
Mike wrote: ‘Sensationally!.. Page 35 reveals that John Bingham, aka the 7th Earl of Lucan (wanted for murder and missing since 1974) is now a newly elected Bersted Parish Councillor. Lord Lucan is described as “a retired lawyer” using the alias, “Paul Ralph”.’
Mike, rather tongue-in-cheek, also asked if the appearance is a ‘cock-up or the truth’.
Lord Lucan was last seen at a friend’s house in Uckfield. A death certificate was issued in 2016.
The News’ sister paper Chichester Observer approached Bersted in Focus for comment.
Rather than ending one of the most scandalous mysteries of the last 50 years, it was ‘supposed to be a harmless joke’, the Bersted Parish Council’s clerk said.