Update: Bideford bar fall death ‘not suspicious’

20:14 07 July 2014

Riley

Riley's Bar in Bideford.

Archant

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.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

16:39
Barnstaple will see in 2015 with a fireworks display, it has been confirmed.

Firms stump up the cash to help town see in 2015 in style.

Read more
12:46
The pups in their new home

Wildlife and Dinosaur Park team up with RSPCA to help seal pups

Read more
16:40
The Pride in Ilfracombe winners with their awards and Mayor, George Squires. Picture: Sam Scott

Unsung heroes and heroines of all ages step forward at the Pride in Ilfracombe Awards.

Read more
11:39
Kevin Carlyle’s festive lights display in Springfield Road, Bickington. Picture: Submitted

Festive display pulls in the crowds – and donations for air ambulance.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Subscriptions
Reader travel
Advertise
Photo Orders
Competitions
Facebook
Twitter
North Devon Football League
North Devon Gazette E-edition

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition
North Devon�s trusted business finder