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MemberJanuary 13, 2015 at 4:01 pm
Waterstones sign fell and killed bookseller in Blackpool
Margaret Sheridan, 68, from Singleton, Lancashire, was pronounced dead at the scene after the Blackpool store sign fell on her on Monday evening. A Waterstones spokesman said she was "a much-loved and well-respected colleague". A joint investigation by Lancashire Constabulary and Blackpool Council is under way into the incident. It is unclear if the accident on Bank Hey Street was weather-related. Witnesses reported a sign at the front of the store had fallen off at about 17:30 GMT and Ms Sheridan was trapped underneath as members of the public tried to lift it up.
Witnesses reported a sign at the front of the store had fallen off and Ms Sheridan was trapped underneath
A shop assistant, who works nearby, said the street "is known for being a bit of a wind-trap". "It’s a very, very windy street. It’s not the first sign to fall down," said the woman, who did not want to be named. "I just heard a big crash and came over to have a look. "I said ‘thank goodness no-one is underneath it’. And then I realised this poor lady was underneath. "It was very, very upsetting."
The street is still cordoned off while investigations continue into how the sign fell
The street remains cordoned off while police continue their investigations. Councillor Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public safety and enforcement, said: "We can confirm we will be providing support to the police in their investigation into the tragic death outside Waterstones on Monday evening. "The investigation is now underway and as such we will not make any further comment on the circumstances of the incident at this stage. "Our thoughts are with the victim and her family at what will undoubtedly be a very difficult and upsetting time."