North East Wales

Man drowns at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, Holywell

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Media captionThe trust offered its 'deepest sympathy' to the man's family

A 43-year-old man has drowned in a pool at a park in Flintshire.

Emergency services were called to the Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, Holywell, at 17:20 BST on Saturday.

North Wales Police say the body was recovered later on Saturday evening from a pool at the 70 acre (28 ha) site by an underwater search unit.

The park is owned by Flintshire council and managed by the Greenfield Valley Trust Ltd, which offered its "deepest sympathy" to the man's family.

In a statement, it said: "The first thoughts of the Greenfield Valley Trustees and staff, together with the communities of Greenfield and Holywell, are to extend its deepest sympathy to the gentleman's family and friends at this most difficult time.

"Out of respect to the gentleman's family and in cooperation with North Wales Police, the Trust will not comment or speculate on any circumstances of this incident at this time.

"As the Greenfield Valley Trust's partner, Flintshire County Council have been advised of this incident. The Trust and the council will carry out their own health and safety investigation as a matter of course and will fully cooperate with all subsequent investigations that may occur."

Inspector Gareth Jones said: "North Wales Police were called to an incident of a male drowning in a pool at a location just off Greenfield Road in Greenfield at 17:20pm on Saturday.

"Police, ambulance and fire service attended and a body was recovered by a police underwater search unit later on Saturday evening.

"The person who died was a 43-year-old local man."

The park, which includes a museum, farm and several ponds, includes a collection of rebuilt agricultural buildings from around Flintshire dating mainly from 1850 to 1950.

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