Man electrocuted while attempting to move fallen tree

A man in his 70s has been electrocuted while attempting to move a tree which brought down power cables near Chippenham, Wiltshire Police said tonight.

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The 71 year old from Bremhill near Calne was electrocuted while trying to remove a fallen tree from power lines.

In a statement released by the police, Mr Hayward's family said: "We are all shocked and deeply saddened with the passing of our dearest dad, husband, granddad and friend to many, Roger Hayward.

"To those that knew him, Roger was a larger-than-life character, a friend and helping hand to many and any that needed help."

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Police name man killed by power cables in Wiltshire

A man who died after trying to move a tree caught in power lines has been named.

Roger Winston Hayward, who was 71-years-old and from Wiltshire, is believed to have been electrocuted.

Mr Hayward is believed to have tried to move a fallen tree, brought down by the high winds yesterday afternoon, which had also brought down power cables.

Police and ambulance services attended the scene and sadly pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Local Inspector Nick Mawson said, "I would like to remind the public to be extremely careful with any fallen trees, particularly if power lines are involved.

"Please call 999 so that we can come and secure the area."


Police: Electrocuted man was trying to clear fallen tree

We can confirm that just after 3.10pm we were called to reports of a tree having brought down power cables in Bremhill in Calne.

At around 3.20pm whilst officers were en route we were contacted again with reports of a man being injured at the scene.

Ambulance also attended but sadly the man, who was local to the area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and early indication is that the man was attempting to clear the tree and has been electrocuted. He was in his 70s.

– Wiltshire Police spokesman
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