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Man found dead in swollen brook in Somerset village

By WMNDavidWells  |  Posted: February 10, 2014


The brook in Nether Stowey is crossed by a footbridge and several short cobbled arches over the water

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A man has been found dead in a swollen brook that runs through a Somerset village.

He was found by a resident in Nether Stowey – where the brook runs alongside the main village street – on the edge of the Quantocks.

The man is thought to have fallen from a "footbridge" or crossing point into the swollen brook in the village, which is known for its links to the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who lived there at the end of the 18th century and where he wrote his famous poems Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan in the late 1700s.

The man was said to be a 53-year-old local man who appears to have stumbled into the brook, which is running high following weeks of rain.

However, the incident in the village, not far from Bridgwater, is not said to be related to the flooding that has swamped vast swathes of land in other parts of Somerset.

A police spokesman said: "A 53-year-old man was found dead in a brook in Nether Stowey, Somerset, just before 7am on Sunday morning.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and it is not being treated as a flood-related incident.

"The incident has been referred to the coroner's office and will be investigated in due course."

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