A 9-year-old boy hit by a tree during storm Malik was part of a pheasant hunting party
The unnamed nine-year-old boy was fatally injured on the grounds of the 400-acre Heath House estate in Tean near Uttoxeter, Staffs – the house is a Grade II listed Victorian Gothic mansion and featured in the Channel’s Country House Rescue TV series 4
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The boy killed by a falling tree during Storm Malik is said to have been part of a pheasant shooting party at a Gothic mansion.
The unnamed boy, nine, was fatally injured on the grounds of the 400-acre Heath House estate in Tean near Uttoxeter, Staffs.
A middle-aged man, who is not related to the boy, was also injured when he fell during filming.
They were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medical personnel, the child died.
His family is supported by specially trained officers.
The man seriously injured in the incident is 72 years old and is currently being treated in hospital.
Heath House is a Grade II listed Victorian Gothic mansion and featured in the Channel 4 TV series Country House Rescue.
Police were called to the estate at 1pm yesterday following reports that a child and an adult had been struck by a tree.
An estate worker, who did not want to be named, said: “They had the right to be here, they weren’t in breach.
“It was just an unfortunate accident where a tree fell in a gust of wind and hit the little boy and the man.”
Residents also shared their shock at the death.
One said: “I didn’t hear about it not too long ago, you wouldn’t expect something like this to happen.”
Another said: “I live a mile down the road, it sounded awful. My heart goes out to them.”
The death is not being treated as suspicious and a case will be prepared for the coroner.
In a statement, Staffordshire Police said: “Sadly, despite the best efforts of medical staff, a nine-year-old boy has died.
“The boy’s family is being supported by specially trained officers. The man remains in hospital.
“There remains a scene at the scene, where people are asked to avoid the area. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a case will be prepared for the coroner.”
The Heath House estate was recently on the market for £5million and was being sold by estate agency Savills.
Its brochure said: “The Heath House is a quintessential English estate with a beautiful rolling landscape, rolling valleys and strategically planted woodland, making for a fine traditional pheasant shoot.
“Filming currently has four clearance paddocks which are well placed to make the most of the topography to showcase classic pheasants being driven through the woods to guns standing in the beautiful surrounding parkland.
“Feature readers show pheasants to test all abilities, but there’s something for everyone on the estate.
“The estate currently leases the shoot to a DIY syndicate in exchange for rental income and a family day.
“Filming currently lasts 8 days, with around 60 to 80 bird-days.
“There’s either the option of continuing with this existing deal or taking the shoot in hand and arranging a private family shoot.”