Clacton: Man Held Over Dockyard Death

20 December 2011, 14:28

Police have arrested a Clacton man following the death of a worker at a dockyard.

Suffolk Police said they arrested the man this morning on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter following the death of 52-year-old Neville Wightman at Ipswich Docks.

Mr Wightman, who was from the Ipswich area, was crushed by a section of pontoon at the port on Friday evening.

A man in his 40s from Lowestoft was also injured in the incident and taken to Ipswich Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

A police spokesman said: "A 47-year-old man from Clacton is currently in custody at the Martlesham police investigation centre where he will be questioned.''

Emergency services were called to Ipswich docks just before 6pm after a report that two men were being crushed by what appeared to be a section of floating pontoon.

A spokesman said police, the fire service and ambulance service attended.

He said: "The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and police will be carrying out a joint inquiry with the HSE to establish what has happened.''