Village in mourning after pub tragedy

A SLEEPY west Suffolk village is in mourning today after a young man died and another was taken to hospital seriously ill after a tragic accident.Police were called at about 11.

A SLEEPY west Suffolk village is in mourning today after a young man died and another was taken to hospital seriously ill after a tragic accident.

Police were called at about 11.30am yesterday to a portable building in the grounds of The Bush Inn, at Shimpling where it is believed a gas fire had either gone out or developed a fault.

They found two men unconscious. Both live in the village.

A 21-year-old died and the other – who is 20 – was taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where they have specialist equipment. He was said to be seriously ill today.


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It is thought either one or both of the men lived at the pub.

Police will not be releasing names of either man until later today .

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Earlier police reports indicated they had used the gas fire to keep themselves warm.

A police sergeant on duty outside the pub said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and it was "a very tragic accident."

There was a strong police presence outside the pub in The Street and forensic officers were concentrating their search in a portable building, one of many outhouses behind the pub. The whole area was cordoned off by blue and white tape.

Children out on bike rides were being steered away from the lane running up the side of the pub by police but elsewhere in the village, about five miles west of Lavenham, people were going about their normal Sunday afternoons.

Shimpling, where actress Claudia Schiffer was married, is a picture postcard village with thatched cottages tucked behind leafy evergreen trees and country-style houses dotted along the main street and along lanes.

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