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However, Peter had been previously suspended by Podmore for writing articles and giving interviews to the press that criticised his fellow cast members, and the producer sacked Adamson for breach of contract after learning that he had sold his memoirs to a tabloid newspaper. Len Fairclough was killed off the programme in December 1983 in an off-screen car accident, and in a deliberate attempt to demonize the character played by the controversial Adamson, it was revealed that Len had died returning home from his mistress, cheating on screen wife Rita Fairclough.
Peter Adamson had become a hard drinker, perhaps stemming from constant financial troubles, during his time on the Street, and was suspended from the programme over it in 1969. Years after his sacking, Peter appeared to confess his guilt over the 1982 swimming pool incident in a rambling, possibly drunken, interview with a Sun reporter, although he always maintained that there was no sexual intent. Adamson's wife passed away in 1984, and in 1991 he declared himself bankrupt, thanks in large part to high legal bills from his 1983 court case that Granada wouldn't pay after his sacking. Peter died of stomach cancer in Lincoln in 2002.