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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 January 2006, 23:21 GMT
Man dies digging for old bottles
A man died when he was buried under tons of earth as he dug for old bottles on a building site.

Brian Spink, 46, died in a "prospecting hole" at a former haulage depot in Murton, County Durham, on Sunday.

Married Mr Spink, who lived locally, was trapped in the 2ft deep hole when soil from an embankment collapsed.

A Durham Police spokesman said it appeared to be a "tragic accident" and said it should act as a warning about the dangers of building sites.

Insp Peter Foster said officers arrived at the scene to find a partially buried body.

It is apparent that Mr Spink had been prospecting for old glass bottles in a hole
Insp Peter Foster, Durham Police

Firefighters were brought in to help remove Mr Spink's body from the hole.

Insp Foster said: "Mr Spink had entered the site on foot and made his way to an area which is believed to have been the area of a Victorian rubbish dump.

"It is apparent that Mr Spink had been prospecting for old glass bottles in a hole at the edge of the site."

The Health and Safety Executive visited the site and later returned it back to the developers.

The development site on a former haulage yard is close to the Dalton Park shopping centre. Police said the site has "active security".

A report is being prepared for the local coroner.

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