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Thursday, 25 December 2014

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Police name Cumbrian man who died in Eastbourne Pier tragedy

A Cumbrian man who died after falling from the fire-damaged Eastbourne Pier where he was working has been named by police.

He was Stephen Penrice, 44, of Sandy Lonning, Netherton, Maryport.

Emergency services were called shortly after 4pm yesterday to reports that he had fallen from the structure, Sussex Police said.

An air ambulance landed on the beach but Mr Penrice was declared dead at the scene.

His family have been informed.

Sussex Police and the Health and Safety Executive are to investigate the incident.

A joint statement issued by Eastbourne Borough Council and the Eastbourne Pier Action Committee today said: “We are shocked and saddened by the death of a contractor on Eastbourne Pier yesterday.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends back in Cumbria, and his work colleagues, at this enormously difficult time.

“We are seeking contact details for the man’s next of kin and we will be sending our condolences to them.

“The Health and Safety Executive and the police will be on the pier today.

“Once their investigations have been completed, the pier contractors will be allowed back on site to continue with crucial work to make the pier safe and rebuild it.”

A spokeswoman for Cuerden Leisure, which owns the pier, said: “This is a terrible tragedy and we are working with the police to establish exactly what happened.

“Our thoughts are with the family and colleagues at this time.”

Fire destroyed part of the 144-year-old pier on July 30.

At its height, up to 80 firefighters tackled the inferno on the Grade II listed Victorian attraction, which left the dome-shaped amusement arcade near the entrance a scorched shell.

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Shannon and Winnie my thoughts are with you every minute of every day I loved the big lad like my brother and like so many of us we ve lost a colleague , team mate and most of all the best friend a bloke could ever wish for RIP Pen and keep smiling down us

Posted by Salty on 11 September 2014 at 11:45

penny marra you,ll be missed rest in peace crosby fc

Posted by john johnston on 29 August 2014 at 00:17

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