Man dies from serious burns

By Harriet Ernstsons 19/04 Updated: 20/04 11:29

A MAN has died after suffering serious burns after setting himself on fire in broad daylight.

The man, who was in his 40s, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with 90 per cent burns to his body following the incident at 9.25am yesterday (Thursday). He later died as a result of his injuries.

The Worcestershire Coroner has been informed and an inquest will be held in due course.

Police are still investigating the circumstances but not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

A spokesman said: "Officers would like to thank those witnesses who have already come forward to help their inquiries."

Witnesses told the Standard they had seen the man set himself alight on the roundabout at the junction of Woodrow Drive and Studley Road, not far from the Hill Crest mental health unit where he was a patient.

Nizar Minsaria was driving a Diamond bus around the island when he heard a shout from a passenger.

"I pulled over just past the island got off the bus and saw him go up in flames so I got back on the bus, smashed the glass and grabbed an extinguisher. I shouted at him to get on the floor but he just stood there so I squirted him with the extinguisher," he said.

"I managed to put most of it out and then someone else came out from a warehouse with another extinguisher.

"He just kept saying sorry. It was horrible."

Insp Jane Kembery, from West Mercia Police, said: “We are investigating the circumstances but it does not appear anyone else other than this man was involved.

“This is a busy spot and there was a lot of traffic passing at the time. We would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.”

Jan Ditheridge, director of service delivery for Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust which runs Hill Crest, added: “Our immediate thoughts are with him and his family. We need to understand what has happened and will undertake a serious incident investigation.”

Two fire crews, police and ambulance staff attended the scene and traffic was diverted away from the junction until 10.30am.

Anyone with any information should call 101, quoting incident number 76-S-190412.

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