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Man in his 70s dies after falling into silo

PUBLISHED: 08:36 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:47 15 February 2019

John Edwards died after falling into a silo near Eye Picture: SOPHIE SMITH

John Edwards died after falling into a silo near Eye Picture: SOPHIE SMITH

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A 79-year-old man has died after falling into a silo in the hamlet of Hestley Green, near Eye.

John Edwards died after falling into a silo near Eye Picture: SOPHIE SMITHJohn Edwards died after falling into a silo near Eye Picture: SOPHIE SMITH

Police and firefighters were called to the scene at around 6pm on Thursday evening following reports of an industrial accident at a farm.

A man in his 70s, who is yet to be identified, fell into a silo and died at the scene.

A police spokesman confirmed next of kin have been informed and nobody else was injured in the incident.

He added: “Officers are continuing to investigate alongside colleagues from other organisations, including the Health and Safety Executive.”

On the Suffolk Fire and Rescue’s Facebook page, area commander Ian Bowell confirmed last night that the services were working together to deal with the incident.

He wrote: “We are currently in attendance at an incident near Eye, Suffolk.

“Further details are not known at this moment, however we are working closely with Police, ambulance colleagues to secure the scene.

“We have a number of appliances and specialist teams on scene.“

Nine engines were sent to deal with the incident including appliances from Ipswich East, Woodbridge, Beccles, Eye, Elmswell and Lowestoft South.

Emergency services were present at the scene throughout the evening.

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