Man dies after being crushed by bull at Gisburn Auction Mart

A 70-year-old man died in the incident.
A 70-year-old man died in the incident.

A 70-year-old man has died at Gisburn Auction Mart after being crushed by a bull, police have confirmed.

The cattle handler, who has 20 years experience of working as a member of the yard staff, suffered "serious" injuries as he was attempting to load the bull - which can weigh up to 170 stones - onto a wagon with the aid of a lorry driver.

The incident occurred at around 7:30 this morning, with the man - named on social media as the former farmer, John Martin Leverton - pronounced dead at the scene, with a Lancashire Police spokesman explaining: "We were called around 7.30am today following reports a man had been seriously injured in Gisburn.

"A 70-year-old man had been injured by a bull at Gisburn Auction Mart in Gisburn Road," they added. "Emergency services attended but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"An investigation is underway and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed."