Dad of three dies in parachute accident

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A parachutist who plunged to his death in Lancashire has been named by police.

Lee Arthur Clifford, 40, died after he fell to the ground in a field close to Main Street, Cockerham, in the north of the county, at 1.52pm on Saturday.

The dad-of-three, from St Helens, Merseyside, was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

It happened as scores of people were enjoying the annual Cockerham Gala nearby but the parachutist was not part of the event and was jumping with the Black Knights Parachute Centre.

A spokesman from the Black Knights said: “A BPA board of inquiry will be investigating the accident and when complete will submit the reports to the coroner, and any other relevant information.

“The report will include the board’s conclusion and, if appropriate, make recommendations.”

Fore more details, see this week’s St Helens Reporter.