Update: Bideford bar fall death ‘not suspicious’

20:14 07 July 2014

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Riley's Bar in Bideford.

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Investigation underway but death of local man at Riley’s Bar on Saturday night is thought to have been accidental.

The terrace at Riley's Bar in Bideford.The terrace at Riley's Bar in Bideford.

THE death of an Appledore man who fell from the terrace of Riley’s Bar in Bideford on Saturday is not being treated as suspicious, police have said.

The 32-year-old fell more than 20 feet from a railing at the High Street bar, which is owned by the Royal British Legion.

A second man in his late 50s had tried to go to his aid but also fell a shorter distance on to a flat roof.

Police and the ambulance service were called at around 11.25pm, but the first man was declared dead at the scene.

The second man sustained back injuries and was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

A police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious at this time. The man’s next of kin have been informed, although he has not yet been named by police.

Scenes of crime and CID officers were at the scene on yesterday, and today (Monday) the bar was visited by safety officers from the Royal British Legion and Torridge District Council.

Brian Saunders of the RBL said: “Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends.

“We always follow health and safety rules and regulations. The area was inspected by TDC and it met all their legal requirements.”

Riley’s Bar, which has reopened today, is run by tenants Richard and Anne Isaac, who also offered their condolences to the man’s friends and family.

“If anyone wants to bring any flowers up, they are more than welcome to come and pay their respects if they wish,” said Mrs Isaac.

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