Man crushed to death by tree in Burgess Hill garden

A man has died after a tree he was cutting in a garden in West Sussex fell and crushed him.

Roy Stoner, 70, of Valebridge Road, was trapped after the tree collapsed at the property in nearby Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, on Tuesday.

Emergency services were called to the garden at about 1430 GMT but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said a chainsaw and a winch were used in an attempt to rescue him.

A Sussex Police spokesman said there were not thought to have been any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

"The first I knew of anything was when I saw a fire engine turn up in the road," said Colin Bates who runs a off-licence nearby.

"I poked my head out and then more fire engines and paramedics turned up. I knew that he had been round the back working on the tree and it seems it came down and landed on him."

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Our crews did attend, as did the air ambulance, but he was pronounced dead at the scene."

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