Police say ‘no offences’ behind fatal collapse

Robert Young lost his life in the tragedy
Robert Young lost his life in the tragedy

Humberside Police say they found “no criminal offences” after investigating a partial building collapse which killed a man last year.

Probes had been launched by both the East Riding of Yorkshire following the tragedy which saw 61-year-old Robert Young lose his life after masonry fell from the top of Nobles Amusements on Cliff Street.

The incident on Monday 6 October last year also saw 52-year-old Neil Dean narrowly escape with his life, after the rear-end of his taxi was destroyed by the partial collapse.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “Investigators from Humberside Police have found no criminal offences in this case.

“The case has been handed to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s (ERYC) Health and Safety Enforcement Team in Public Protection.

“Humberside Police will continue to support the ERYC enquiry into the sad death of Mr Young.”

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson added: “East Riding of Yorkshire Council is the appropriate enforcing authority for Health and Safety at Work, and Humberside Police have passed the investigation into this incident on to us.

“An investigation is now ongoing as to whether the death was as a consequence of breaches of Health and Safety legislation.”

Despite what Mr Dean and other witnesses described as a “brilliant efort”, paramedics and fire crews were unable to save Mr Young’s life on the day.

The Met Office said there was a moderate gale on the day and that wind gusts reached up to 48 miles per hour before the tragedy on Cliff Street.