Inquest opens after dock fall death

INVESTIGATIONS are underway today to determine how an Ipswich man fell to his death from a lighting tower at the town's Orwell Quay.Michael Dickson, 39, suffered fatal injuries after falling 20-30ft from the tower on to concrete in a tragic accident last Thursday.

INVESTIGATIONS are underway today to determine how an Ipswich man fell to his death from a lighting tower at the town's Orwell Quay.

Michael Dickson, 39, suffered fatal injuries after falling 20-30ft from the tower on to concrete in a tragic accident last Thursday.

A police spokeswoman said: "We were called to reports of some people on the quay at around 11.40am.

"One of them had climbed up a lighting tower and it was swaying.


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"While officers were en-route they received another call to say that the man had fallen off.

"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances."

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Two ambulances were also called to the scene, where Mr Dickson was found unconscious and was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

He was later transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire where he died from serious head injuries and fluid on the lungs on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Salvation Army hostel in Fore Street confirmed Mr Dickson had been a resident there at the time of his death, but it is believed he has family in Clacton in Essex.

An inquest into Mr Dickson's death was opened by deputy coroner Roger Stewart at Ipswich police station this morning and has been adjourned to allow further investigations to take place.

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