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Digger death on site owned by JCB chair's wife 'an accident'

The death of a south east market gardener, who suffered a fatal fall as he rode in a digger with an unqualified driver, was an accident an inquest jury today decided.

Anthony Cripps, 57, was perched in the JCB bucket at the Gloucestershire farm owned by JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford's wife when he tumbled beneath the wheels last year.

The man, from Oxfordshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Driver Gareth Trueman, 22, told the inquest yesterday he had not received any training to operate the seven-ton machine.

An inquest jury returned an accidental death verdict at Gloucester Shire Hall today.