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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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John Heald arrested by police in Rotherham


John Heald was arrested at around 2.15pm in the Parkgate area. He's currently in custody. We'd like to thank the public for their support

South Yorkshire Police say a man has been arrested by officers investigating the murder of Bei Carter in Bridlington last week.

John Heald, 53, was arrested by officers from South Yorkshire Police at around 2.15pm today in the Parkgate area of Rotherham.


Rent reduction proposed for Kirkgate Market traders

Traders at Leeds' Kirkgate Market are to be given a 20 per cent rent reduction to ease the impact of renovation work.

Kirkgate Market traders set for rent reduction
Kirkgate Market traders set for rent reduction

The city council are investing £12.3 million in the refurbishment of the historical market which will cause areas of the centre to be closed.

The rent reduction is yet to be approved by the council's executive board but would begin in October 2014 and last for a year.

Traders on the fish and game row will be offered temporary stalls on Butcher's Row while work in their area is carried out.

The market’s Victorian drainage is being replaced, ventilation will be improved and the sprinkler system and electrics upgraded in the redevelopment.

While this is one of the most exciting developments at Kirkgate Market for many years, we know it’s going to be a challenge. As well as being about the refurbishment of a much loved Leeds landmark, it’s also about people and their livelihoods and the long-term commercial success of the market. We’re determined to find the right balance that allows businesses to trade while working on the fabric of the building and keeping the long-term goal in mind. We’re listening to traders’ concerns, both in respect of changes already experienced and what is yet to come, and that is why we’re proposing a year-long cut to rents.

– Cllr Richard Lewis
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