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Journalist who served two dailies before Fleet Street career dies aged 64

Richard OrchardA journalist who served two regional dailies before going on to Fleet Street has died aged 64.

Richard Orchard worked as a sports journalist on the Oxford Mail and Portsmouth daily The News, later working for The Sun.

At The Sun, he worked his way up to deputy chief sports sub-editor.

Richard, pictured, retired in 2012 following the Olympic Games in London.

A native of the Isle of Wight, he began his career on the Isle of Wight County Press as a news reporter in the late 1970s.

A couple of years later, Richard moved to Oxford and then Portsmouth, where he began to specialise in sport.

In the mid-1980s he started as a casual sports sub-editor on The Sun.

He was offered a staff job when the paper moved to Wapping in 1986, where he remained until his retirement.

Richard, who died after a short illness, is survived by his partner Lorraine, her sons Dale and Adam, his mother Barbara and brothers Mark, David, Peter and Stephen.