Stansted man electrocuted to death on electricity pylon

PUBLISHED: 17:26 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 18:00 31 May 2010

A 26-YEAR-OLD man has died after he was electrocuted and fell from an electricity pylon, it is believed. Cornelius Brinkley, also known as Neil, died in a field off Hunting Gate in Hitchin on Saturday. Police and paramedics were called to the scene at abo

A 26-YEAR-OLD man has died after he was electrocuted and fell from an electricity pylon, it is believed.

Cornelius Brinkley, also known as Neil, died in a field off Hunting Gate in Hitchin on Saturday.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at about 6.20pm and the fire service was also called to assist about an hour and a half later and sent one engine.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: "Our crews had to wait until the scene was deemed safe by the electricity company before they could reach the patient. Our personal safety is paramount when dealing with such incidents as this."

A spokesman for Herts Police said: "He was found dead near a pylon which he is believed to have fallen from."

A spokesman for EDF Energy Networks said: "Police informed us of a fatality near our overhead electricity network in Hitchin on Saturday evening.

"Staff promptly attended the site and made the equipment safe so police could carry out their investigations.

"We will continue to liaise fully with the police regarding this tragic incident."

The post mortem was carried out on Tuesday and an inquest was opened yesterday (Wednesday).

The coroner's office is awaiting results from toxicology to confirm the cause of death but it is believed the man, who was from Stansted in Essex, was electrocuted.

Police enquiries are ongoing.

# POLICE have arrested a 19-year-old man from Letchworth GC on suspicion of theft of copper cables.

He has been interviewed and released on bail to appear at Stevenage Police Station on February 25.

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