Messages of sympathy pour in following death of 18 year-old in suspected industrial accident

Jackson Maplethorpe. Photo: Twitter. EMN-161011-112523001
Jackson Maplethorpe. Photo: Twitter. EMN-161011-112523001

There has been a huge outpouring of messages of sympathy from family friends and the local community on the news of an 18-year-old’s death after a suspected industrial accident on a farm at Digby Fen.

The man, identified as Jackson Maplethorpe, from Billinghay, is said by a police spokesman to have died at the scene on Monday at Maple Farms, the family farm where he worked.

Although investigations are continuing, he said: “It appears the man was driving a tractor and trailer when it got it stuck on an overhead electricity cable. Then when he got out to try and resolve the matter it appears he has been fatally electrocuted.

“We are making further enquiries and will prepare a report for the HSE.”

A health and safety Executive spokesman said they are aware of the incident and attended the scene with police.

It is understood Mr Maplethorpe attended St George’s Academy and was studying agriculture at Riseholme College.

Comments on our facebook page have included messages of support to Mr Maplethorpe’s parents Doug and Bridget.

Dianna Speight says: “Night night Jackson sleep tight. Shocking news Bridget my thoughts are with you and the rest of the family. Love and hugs Dee x”

Tania Foster writes: “Thoughts and prayers sent to family and friends. Taken far too young xx”

Lisa Hargreaves posts: “A terrible and tragic accident thoughts are with the family xx”

Lisa-jane Lawson posts: “Sleep tight Jack. You shall be sadly missed by so many xxxx”

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Sue Stirling writes: “Awful news so very very sad. Bridget and Doug you are in our thoughts and prayers at this terrible time Sue and Ian x”

Molly Everett says: “R.I.P Jackson... :( you were such a laugh mate, prayers go out to your family... I can’t belive your gone! :’( x”

Nikki Scigala writes: “There are no words Bridget. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Love & hugs all of us xxx”

Brian Haines says: “Very upsetting. Still in shock. Thoughts with Doug and Bridget. Xx”

RuralPics posted on Twitter: “He was a local lad with his whole life ahead of him. His dad farms at the back of us and he was known by all my neighbours.”