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Police investigate death of butler at stately home

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."