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Police investigate death of butler at stately home

Burghley House was used a location in the Da Vinci Code film.
Burghley House was used a location in the Da Vinci Code film. Credit: Flickr / Nigel Lamb under Creative Commons

An investigation has been launched after a butler died at a stately home.

Arthur Mellar died after suffering serious injuries in an incident at Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on July 12.

A joint investigation is being carried out by Cambridgeshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive into the circumstances surrounding his death.

David Pennell, Burghley estate director, said the house would co-operate fully with the investigation.

He said: "It is with the deepest sadness that we confirm the tragic death of Arthur Mellar, a highly-valued member of the household team at Burghley, following an accident on Saturday, July 12."

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Police issue CCTV image of man over assault on train

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CCTV Image of the man on the Essex train Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a train in Essex.

The train was travelling between Prittlewell and Southend Victoria station in the early hours of this morning.

The victim was a 23-year-old woman.

Detective Constable Paul Cudby said: “We have analysed onboard CCTV footage of the incident and are keen to speak to the man in the picture. I am confident he has key information on this assault."

Anyone with information is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40


RoSPA warn over dangers of swimming in inland water

David Walker from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says children should avoid swimming in unsupervised areas.

He said the critical thing to remember was the temperature:

"The difference between the really warm air temperature of 28-30 degrees and the cold water of 15 degrees, it's that interaction and that jumping into cold water which catches people and causes them to drown."

– David Walker, RoSPA

RoSPA says there are a number of things to consider if you decide to swim in inland waters:

  • Parents and carers: discuss the hazards with your children and remind them that children should never swim alone at unsupervised locations
  • Among the hazards to consider are that, even on a hot day, water might be a lot colder than you were expecting
  • There may be strong currents and underwater debris that you cannot see from the bank
  • Consider how you are going to get out of the water once you are in it
  • Be honest about your swimming ability
  • Remember that alcohol and swimming never mix.

Police issue warning over lake swimming

Cambridgeshire Police are warning people not to try and swim in the lakes at Cherry Hinton


We're urging people not to swim at #CambridgeLakes - it is private land and the water could be very dangerous

The warning follows the death this morning of a teenage boy in the River Great Ouse in Hartford. Police say they have received reports of people breaking in and swimming in the lakes, despite the fact it is private land.

Police confirm body recovered from lake in Bedfordshire

The body of a 16-year-old boy has been recovered from a lake at a disused quarry in Bedfordshire after he got into difficulties while swimming with friends.

Bedfordshire Police were called to the scene at Jacques Lane, Clophill. The teenager had been swimming in the lake with friends when the incident happened.

Officers worked through the night and the search resumed in the daytime with a dive team coming in to continue searching the lake.

The case has now been handed over to the coroner for formal identification and an inquest will be held in due course.

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