Update on the tragic case of Oliver Maudsley following ‘workplace incident’ arrests.
Officers were called to Tile Street shortly after 10am, with fire crews and paramedics also attending. Despite their best efforts, a 17-year-old boy, now confirmed to be Oliver, died at the scene. Eyewitnesses reported the presence of large numbers of police and paramedics in the hours that followed the tragedy.
An investigation has been launched involving both Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offenses and manslaughter by gross negligence. A 36-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence.
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In an update issued this morning (Saturday 10 February), a GMP spokesperson confirmed that both men have been released on bail pending further investigations.
Tributes have poured in for Oliver who was from the Moorside area of Bury, where the community is said to have been left reeling.
Friend Shelley Clavering told… Manchester Evening News: “I am so sorry to all of his family that they have to go through something so devastating. He will be truly missed by all of us. He was a wonderful young man and will always be remembered.” Another friend said: “Very outgoing kid… he will be missed very much.”
A large number of tributes were also presented on social media. Craig Susan Maudsley said in a Facebook post: “Our nephew Oliver. Our hearts are broken. Rest in peace and fly high xxx.” Charlie Lou Maudsley wrote: “My little cousin. He will remain in our hearts forever.”
Messages were also left from others who knew Oliver. Leanne Appleton wrote: “Oliver, you will be missed by broken hearts such an amazing boy who is growing into an amazing young man with a bright future. We love you xxx.”
Greg Bradbury wrote: “Fly high, Oliver. You were a good boy.” While Kelly Marie Beauchaine said: “Rest in peace Oliver, you truly were an amazing, beautiful boy xx.”
In a statement issued on Thursday, GMP said: “At around 10.10am today (Thursday 8 February 2024), officers were called to reports of welfare concerns at a business premises on Tile Street, Bury.
“It has been established that a 17-year-old boy had been involved in a workplace accident and, despite the best efforts of emergency services, was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.
“A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving and gross negligent manslaughter, and a 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of gross negligent homicide.
“A joint investigation has been launched between GMP Bury CID and the Health and Safety Executive to conduct investigations into the circumstances leading up to the boy’s death. Investigations are ongoing at this stage.”
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