Man killed by floods in Shropshire named by neighbours

The river in Bittlerley, near Ludlow, Shropshire
The river in Bittlerley, near Ludlow, Shropshire Photo: ITV central

The man who was killed by flash flooding in Shropshire has been named by neighbours as Mike Ellis.

A retired maths teacher from Bittlerley, near Ludlow, Shropshire, he lived in the village with his wife.

Local councillor and farmer Richard Huffer, 50, said he had known Mr Ellis since he was taught by him there decades ago at a secondary near Ludlow.

The man in his 60s was trying to walk across a field in the village of Bitterley when he was swept to his death.

"We believe the gentleman parked his car just down the road there, either the flood wall was too high or he decided he didn't want to drive into it and he's tried to walk around the flood, but the trouble is with the flood water is that one, the power of the water can wash away anything easily and two, we don't know what is underfoot. We believe he may have stood and missed his footing and been washed into the brook itself."

– SHAUN BARKER, Shropshire Fire Service

Fire crews tried to find the pensioner, he was eventually found next to a tree, pinned down by the force of the water.

Villagers are struggling to come to terms with what happened this morning, they say they are a village in mourning.