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Man killed as wind blows tree over in park

By AMoss_LE  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

  • A man has been killed by a tree which has fallen over in a park during high winds.

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A man has been killed by a tree which has fallen over in a park during high winds.

Police and council workers have closed Kings' Park in Retford following the incident and set up cordons at the West Street and Pelham Road entrances.

The tree, which is believed to be about 40ft high, fell directly onto a path next to the skate park as the man was travelling on a mobility scooter.

A Notts Police spokesperson told the Retford Times: "Police were called to a report of a man having been struck by a falling tree in Kings' Park, Retford, today (December 5).

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"The tree fell as he rode his mobility scooter through the park at about 1.50pm.

"An ambulance attended but sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Kings' Park has been closed until further notice."

Due to the severe winds and gales that Bassetlaw and rest of the country is currently experiencing, Bassetlaw District Council says it has taken a number of steps to protect the safety of the public.

"We have closed all parks and open spaces, including cemeteries, across the district until further notice and in Retford access to the Market Square is also restricted," said a spokesman.

"We apologise for this inconvenience, however the safety of the public is of paramount importance and we would ask all residents to avoid these areas until further notice."

Council workers are currently ensuring that other trees in Kings' Park are safe.

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