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Farmer killed in attack by wasps

Mark Evison
Mr Evison had suffered a reaction to a wasp sting before

A farmer has been stung to death by a swarm of wasps in East Yorkshire, his family has confirmed.

Mark Evison, 47, had been cutting grass as he cleared a ditch in Ellerker, near South Cave, on Sunday evening when he disturbed a wasps' nest.

Relatives said he had died after suffering a severe allergic reaction despite the efforts of paramedics.

Mr Evison's brother Paul, 50, said: "We were very, very close. I feel as though half of myself has died."

He described how he received a phone call from his brother at Croft Garth Farm on Sunday evening.


"He said 'The wasps have got me Paul', so I ran round as fast as I could and found him sat in the chair.

"He said 'I don't feel very well at all'.

"Then he went unconscious and I rang 999 straight away and they were here in less than 10 minutes.

"They did everything they could, injected him with adrenalin, but unfortunately it was fatal."

He said his brother had needed hospital treatment two years ago after suffering a reaction to a wasp sting, but he had then made a full recovery.

The coroner has been informed and an inquest will be held.

Mr Evison's funeral will be held on Tuesday at St Anne's Church in Ellerker.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's pest control team has destroyed the wasp nest.

Latest official figures show there were four deaths in England and Wales in 2007 due to contact with hornets, wasps or bees.

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