Farmer Geoffrey Jameson killed in County Durham quad bike crash

A man died after becoming trapped under a quad bike while tending cattle on his parents' farm in County Durham.

Geoffrey Jameson, 32, from Daddry Shield near Bishop Auckland, had gone out as usual on Wednesday morning on his Kawasaki quad bike.

But when he failed to return as normal his parents became concerned. He was found dead several hours later.

Police said Mr Jameson had apparently tried to negotiate a steep hill when the quad bike overturned, trapping him.

'Boggy hillside'

A Durham Police spokesman said: "From our initial investigations it appears that about 9.30am, Mr Jameson has left his home to tend to his cattle on his parents' farm.

"At about 4.35pm, having had no contact, co-workers have searched the farm area and have located him lying trapped beneath his quad bike on a steep and boggy hillside.

"It appears that while negotiating the very steep incline, the quad bike has overturned and landed on top of him."

The hillside is not visible from the roadside, police said.

Officers are working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to investigate what the spokesman described as a "tragic accident."

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