'Metric martyr' fruit trader dies aged 39
Steven Thoburn, the trader dubbed a "metric martyr" because of his stance on imperial weights and measures, is understood to have collapsed and died without warning at his Sunderland home yesterday.
He leaves a wife Leigh, 30, and three children Rhys, 13, Georgia, seven, and Jay, two.
Mr Thoburn of Roker, Sunderland, was prosecuted by the Sunderland City Council on charges of breaching the Weights and Measures Act after selling bananas by the pound.
His imperial scales were confiscated and he was given a six-month conditional discharge in 2001.