Coroner: Man’s death on estate was an accident

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AN INQUEST into the death of a man on an historic estate has found that it was accidental.

Robert Webb, 64, of Vicarage Road, Thetford, died on October 30 after an accident at Elveden Estates the previous day.

Mr Webb had been working on the exterior of a first floor window on one of the estate’s flats when the incident occurred, although there were no witnesses.

It was originally thought that Mr Webb had fallen from a ladder.

But Dr Peter Dean, coroner at the inquest held last Thursday at the Active Business Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, said the ladder Mr Webb was found next to did not appear to have been in use.

He was found by a postman on his round.

An ambulance was called and Mr Webb was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, by air ambulance.

Dr Dean said Mr Webb suffered a subdural haematoma and his injuries were consistent with having fallen from a ladder.

The Health and Safety Executive was called to the scene of the accident but found no issues and police took over the investigation.

In a statement, Det Insp David Giles said conditions on the day of incident were ‘treacherous’ due to the weather and the ‘extremely slippery’ tiles outside the flat.

Det Insp Giles added that there was ‘no reason’ for Mr Webb to have been using a ladder but there was also no evidence of third party involvement.

Dr Dean passed a verdict of accidental death.

In a statement from half cousin Derek Rutterford, Mr Webb was described as being a talented musician and a having a ‘tremendous memory’.

He had previously been described as a generous and funny man who lived in the same house in Vicarage Road throughout his life.