A 29-YEAR-OLD man from the Chippenham area has died after being injured by a digger in Cirencester.

The man, named locally as Shaun Carter, is understood to have died after suffering head injuries and a cardiac arrest after falling off the vehicle at Kingshill Lane on yesterday afternoon.

Paramedics and an air ambulance attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson for South West Ambulance Service, said: “We received a call at 4pm that a 29-year-old man had come off a vehicle, believed to be some sort of digger.

“When we attended he had suffered head injuries and went into cardiac arrest.

“CPR was carried out at the scene but sadly he was pronounced dead.”

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 4.15pm yesterday to Kingshill Lane in Cirencester after a 29-year-old man from Wiltshire was injured by a dumper.

“The next of kin and coroner have been informed. Officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive in relation to the incident. The incident is not being treated as suspicious.”

A spokesperson for Health and Safety Executive said: “I can confirm that HSE attended the scene yesterday and we are currently assisting a police led investigation.”

A spokesperson from Gloucester Coroner's Court said: “No formal identification has taken place yet and an inquest won’t be opened until next week.”

Catherine Carter wrote on the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald's Facebook page: "I am sooo proud to have a brother like u. Words cannot describe how much i miss u already. U wer taken far too early from us. Everyone sends their love. I will see u soon. I will always love u my big bro. Shine bright shaun and keep smiling. Xxxxxxxxx"

And Emily Charlotte Carter said: "Catherine im so sorry i will miss shaun so much i always said i was very proud to have you both as step kids and if my kids turn out as wonderful as shaun i will be very happy. I hope you are holding up ok. He will be greatly missed here xxx"