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Luton pensioner killed by falling tree

Fallen tree at Rotten Corner
Image caption Police were called to the scene by the ambulance service

A pensioner has died after being crushed by a falling tree in a wooded area in Luton, police say.

Officers were called to Rotten Corner, a green space between Sundon Park Road and Marsh Farm, at 12:45 BST on Wednesday.

Police said the 73-year-old man was attempting to cut the tree down when it fell on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Luton Borough Council said it was investigating what happened.

A spokesman said: "The council's parks are maintained regularly and action taken immediately if any issues are identified following health and safety inspections.

"Initial findings suggest this incident was a tragic accident, however it would be inappropriate to comment further until the full facts have been ascertained."

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