The son of a 70-year-old man who was crushed to death by a bull at Gisburn Auction Mart yesterday has paid tribute to "a wonderful man".
A cattle handler with 20 years experience of working as a member of the yard staff, Martin Leverson, suffered "serious" injuries as he attempted to load the bull onto a wagon at the market at around 7:30am on Friday, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His son, Ian Leverton, posted a touching tribute to his father on Facebook, writing: "A wonderful man, husband to Audrey, dad, pops, granddad and friend, my dad Martin Leverton (John) who was seriously injured while doing the job he loved and passed away this morning. RIP dad.”
Member of Parliament for the Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans, said: “It is an awful tragedy. My condolences go to his family. In my 25 years an MP I haven’t heard of anything like this happening at the mart and I believe it has a good safety record despite many people attending the sales."
"We were called around 7.30am today following reports a man had been seriously injured in Gisburn," a police spokesperson said. "A 70-year-old man had been injured by a bull at Gisburn Auction Mart in Gisburn Road. 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," the statement continued. "This is being treated as a non-suspicious death and a file will be submitted to the coroner.”