Tributes to man who died at Warkworth Castle

Tributes have been paid to a member of staff at Warkworth Castle in Northumberland who died following a fall in the castle's keep

Warkworth Castle in Northumberland which was closed following the accident
Warkworth Castle in Northumberland which was closed following the accident

Tributes were last night paid by the employers of a man who died after falling in Warkworth Castle’s keep.

As reported in yesterday’s Journal, emergency services were called to Warkworth Castle and Hermitage at around 10am on Tuesday.

The man, a member of staff at the Northumberland tourist attraction, had fallen.

He was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for treatment, but police last night confirmed he was pronounced dead in hospital.

The man’s identity and what position he held at the castle is not yet known. However English Heritage, who run the tourist attraction, has paid tribute a man who was well-liked by his colleagues.

A spokeswoman said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the death of a member of staff at Warkworth Castle.

“He was highly regarded by all his friends and colleagues here at English Heritage and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family at this time.”

It was not until 11.45am on Tuesday that Northumbria Police was informed of the incident and attended the scene to carry out its own investigation.

The force yesterday said officers have prepared a file for the coroner and an inquest will be opened in due course. A post-mortem examination was being carried out yesterday to establish how he died.

Warkworth Castle, which was once home to the Percy family, was protected in 1922 under the Ancient Monuments Act 1913.

It has become a major tourist attraction as it was also once home to one of the most significant knights from medieval times, Harry Hotspur.

The castle closed to the public after the incident but will re-open today, according to the English Heritage website.



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