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UK: Suspected Electrocution of Contractor

Kent, United Kingdom:  An investigation has begun into the death of a contractor who was electrocuted at a shopping centre in Kent. Police said they believed Philip Dodd, 62, died after suffering an electric shock while inside a Marks and Spencer store at the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre, Tunbridge Wells, on Saturday. The death is being treated as suspicious while police work out the full circumstances of what happened.

Officers were called by paramedics from the south east coast ambulance service, who arrived at the scene first. The store was not evacuated as the scene was not in a public area of the shop, a police spokeswoman said.

Tunbridge Wells council has been advised of the incident, and their health and safety officer was reported to be liaising with police.

The spokeswoman said: “We were called just before 3.30pm to the store in Calverley Road. It is believed a man suffered an electric shock. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The air ambulance also attended. It is being treated as a suspicious death until the full circumstances are known.”

An M&S spokeswoman said: “There has been a tragic incident at the store today and our thoughts are with the family concerned.

“We are now concentrating on doing all we can to assist the emergency services with their investigation and as such are unable to comment any further at this stage.”

Story via The Gaurdian

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