Warkworth Castle staff member dies following fall

A man has died following a fall yesterday at a popular visitor attraction in Northumberland after first being airlifted to hospital

Warkworth Castle in Northumberland
Warkworth Castle in Northumberland

A member of staff at a historic site and visitor attraction in Northumberland has died after a fall yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Warkworth Castle and Hermitage in Warkworth, Northumberland, at around 10am yesterday morning when a 50-year-old man fell in the castle’s keep.

The castle, an English Heritage site, had not yet opened to the public yesterday when the incident happened.

The man, who a spokeswoman for English Heritage confirmed was a staff member, was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in a serious condition but died this morning.

The tourist attraction was closed for the rest of the day. Northumbria Police has also been informed of the incident and is investigating, but last night officers did not believe there was any third party involvement.

No information has yet been released on the height from which the man fell.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance confirmed they were in attendance with their Hazard Area Response Team (HART). She said: “We got a call at 10.05am from a member of staff at the castle, reporting that a 50-year-old male had suffered a fall in the keep area of the castle.

“Members of the HART team attended and the air ambulance was also called and they took the patient to the RVI.”

It was not until 11.45am yesterday that Northumbria Police was informed of the incident and attended the scene to carry out its own investigation. A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At 11.46am on Tuesday, July 2, police received a report that a man found with injuries at Warkworth Castle in Warkworth had been taken to hospital by air ambulance for treatment.

“Officers are carrying out inquiries to establish what has happened, although there is not thought to be any third party involvement at this stage.”

It is not known at this time what position the man held at Warkworth Castle or what he was doing at the time of his fall.

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.



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