Inquest set after collapse killed man

Robert Young died when he was struck by falling rubble on Cliff Street
Robert Young died when he was struck by falling rubble on Cliff Street

An inquest is to be held after a man was killed when part of a building collapsed on top of him nearly two years ago in Bridlington town centre.

Robert Young, who was 61, died after he was struck by bricks and mortar that fell from the roof of Nobles Pleasureland on October 6 2014.

Police investigating the collapse said there was no criminal wrongdoing

Police investigating the collapse said there was no criminal wrongdoing

Probes were launched by both the police and health and safety officials from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, but police said no criminal wrongdoing had taken place.

Now the East Riding of Yorkshire Council - 16 months after the tragedy - said their joint investigation with Hull Coroner’s Court is still ongoing.

A spokesman said: “Council officers are currently investigating with the coroner’s office and we have been told that a date will soon be announced for the inquest.”

The rubble that killed Mr Young had formed a triangular structure on the roof of Pleasureland, which is based on Cliff Street.

Although what caused the structure to collapse is currently unknown, the Met Office recorded wind gusts of up to 48 miles per hour on the day.

The incident also saw taxi driver Neil Dean narrowly escape with his life, after the rear-end of his car was destroyed by the partial collapse.

Mr Dean, who has since sadly passed away, told the Free Press at the time: “I just pulled up at the taxi rank to do some paper work and then it all happened very, very 
quickly.

“The man [Mr Young] was walking along the street and when the bricks landed on my car, it sounded like kids were throwing snowballs at my car – but 100 times louder.

“You only have to look at the back of my car to see how much force was behind all the rubble. “

A date is yet to be fixed for Mr Young’s inquest, but it is expected to take place later this year.