Farm workers killed in slurry tank named

THREE farmworkers who died in a slurry tank in Norfolk have today been named as Timothy Bartrum, Graham Morris and George Barnes.Fire crews and paramedics were called to the scene, in fields off the A1075 at Wretham, near Thetford, shortly after 8am on Monday after the men had become trapped in the container.

THREE farmworkers who died in a slurry tank in Norfolk have today been named as Timothy Bartrum, Graham Morris and George Barnes.

Fire crews and paramedics were called to the scene, in fields off the A1075 at Wretham, near Thetford, shortly after 8am on Monday after the men had become trapped in the container.

Two of the victims are thought to have leapt into the 15ft deep tank in an effort to save a fellow worker who toppled in after being overcome by noxious fumes.

Their efforts were in vain and all three, of Thetford-based company Enviro-Waste, died inside the tank of chicken manure used to fertilise fields.

Mr Bartrum, 46, of Thetford, leaves an ex-wife and two sons aged 15 and 17. Mr Morris, 54, also of Thetford, leaves his wife, two sons, aged 25 and 31, and a daughter, 29.

Mr Barnes, 28, of Brandon, leaves a fiance, mother, father and three brothers.

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A fourth man, 28-year-old Daniel Willimott, of the Thetford area, was later released from West Suffolk hospital after suffering breathing problems.

A full investigation involving the police and HSE is underway.

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