Tributes paid after Derbyshire teacher Robert Lane is found dead at home

Robert Lane
Robert Lane

Tributes have been paid to a teacher with close links to North East Derbyshire who has been found dead.

Police discovered the body of Robert Lane at his home on Drage Street, Derby, shortly after 6pm on Thursday.

Post-mortem tests are being caried out to determine the exact cause of Mr Lane’s death.

A 35-year-old man who was arrested at the property on Thursday night has been released on police bail.

Mr Lane, 50, taught at Holymoor Riding School in Holymoorside near Chesterfield.

He also taught at secondary schools across the country for more than 20 years and was a freelance writer.

Mr Lane stood as an independent candidate for North East Derbyshire in May’s General Election, losing to Labour’s Natascha Engel.

Heartfelt tributes are pouring in for Mr Lane, who was a self-confessed “aficionado” of classic horror and cult television including Dr Who.

On Twitter, Craig Heeley, deputy headteacher at Barrow Hill Primary School in Staveley, said: “Devastated to hear of the untimely death of Rob Lane. He came into our school during the election campaign and spoke great sense. RIP.”

Ollie King tweeted: “I can’t put in to words how upset I am over the death of Rob Lane, a true inspiration and a fantastic teacher. Fly high mate.”