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Woman dies after falling down well in Tetbury

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A 58-year-old woman has died after falling 50 feet down a well at her Gloucestershire home.

Police were called to the 17th-century property on Church Street in the Cotswold market town of Tetbury at 5.45pm on Saturday.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics also attended the Grade II-listed building and fire officers recovered the victim's body from down the well.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said the woman, who has not been identified, may have fallen around two hours earlier.

Emma Jones, a Salvation Army officer, was staying in a cottage overlooking the large semi-detached house when the incident happened.

"There were seven ambulances, two or three police cars, about two fire engines and a helicopter," Ms Jones, from nearby Stroud, said.<

"It is a very sad situation, I feel so sorry for her family. I have been praying for her."

The property where the woman died was converted from several flats to one house about a year ago, local residents said.

One man said: "They moved in about a year ago, they've done a lot of renovation work."

"We were told that she was doing her gardening and she just fell. One moment she was gardening, the next minute gone."

In a statement, Gloucestershire Police said: "A woman has died after falling down a well at her home in Tetbury."

"The incident happened at the address on Church Street in the town and was reported to police at about 5.45pm on Saturday May 14.

"It is thought that the victim - a 58-year-old woman - may have fallen in around two hours earlier.

"Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics were also called to the scene and fire officers recovered the victim's body down the 15-metre-deep well."

"The death is not being treated as suspicious. The woman's next of kin and the coroner have been informed."