Londonderry: Man killed on farm named as David Crockett

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David Crockett was well known in farming circles in the north west

A man who died following an incident on a farm in Londonderry has been named as David Crockett.

Mr Crockett died at his farm on the Coshquin Road, close to the border with County Donegal, at about 17:00 BST on Monday.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) is investigating.

"HSENI is aware of the incident and is making enquires. Our thoughts are with the deceased's family at this tragic time," a spokesman said.

Police said Mr Crockett's death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Crockett, whose family farm spans both sides of the border, was a familiar voice on BBC Radio Foyle, often providing commentary and insight on rural affairs, the border and most recently on the impact of Brexit.

In 2018 he featured in a BBC Radio 4 documentary examining challenges Brexit presented for cross-border workers.

'Deeply engaging'

BBC presenter Mark Patterson said the father of three was "a deeply engaging and larger than life man" who had become part of the station's broadcasting family.

The Crockett family has farmed the land at Coshquin since 1911, predating Irish partition by a decade.

Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson said Mr Crockett's death had shocked and saddened the local community.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said his thoughts and condolences were with Mr Crockett's family and friends.