MIDHURST resident Peter Chislett, journalist and former editor of the Hartlepool Mail has died in St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, after a short illness aged 71.
Mr Chislett, a multiple sclerosis sufferer who was confined to a wheelchair, hit the headlines two years ago when he criticised a county council ‘computer error’ which left vulnerable and elderly people facing shock care service bills.
He started his career in local newspapers and progressed to Fleet Street, where he worked on a number of national titles and for AP the international news service.
Returning south he took up the post of news editor at The News, Portsmouth.
There he met his future wife Philippa.
They were married for six years, and had a daughter, Victoria.
He became the youngest editor in England when he moved to the Hartlepool Mail, in 1981.
But he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and retired early, working part-time on local newspapers, and returning to the south to live at Midhurst.
He leaves a brother, David, and a daughter Victoria.
The funeral is at Chichester Crematorium on Wednesday, February 12, at 10.15am. The family have requested no flowers but donations to RSPB and the Multiple Sclerosis Society through Reynolds Funeral Directors, 01243 773311.