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Tributes paid to Liverpool man killed by falling tree branch

Credit: Regional Syndication

A dad killed by a falling tree in last week's high winds was named today as Donald Baxter, a former housing officer.

The 67-year-old suffered fatal injuries as he walked his pet dog through the Black Woods in Woolton, Liverpool, six days ago.

A high branch sheared off a tree during Storm Ciara and struck him.

Today, his family paid tribute to him, saying: "Donald was tragically killed on the 11th February 2020, whilst walking his dog.

"He was loved by all of his family and friends.

"He will be sadly missed and his devoted dog Taz is being cared for by a relative."

Mr Baxter was killed by the falling branch last Tuesday. Credit: Regional Syndication

Floral tributes have built up at the scene including a note from one of his children which read: "Wishing you peace and love dad".

His dog, Taz, remained at his master's side until emergency services arrived.

Locals said Mr Baxter walked the same route through the ancient and well-visited Black Woods, at the same time, most days.

The woodland remains closed off by the council, with its gates locked and a sign saying: "There is no time/date given for it to reopen."

Credit: Regional Syndication

Neighbours had repeatedly warned Liverpool council about the state of ageing trees and claim not enough was done to prevent them from falling.

The local authority has not responded to those claims.

The Health and Safety Executive visited the scene last week and MP Maria Eagle is understood to have written letters demanding action.