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GIRL SEES DAD KILLED BY ROLLER; Horror on the cricket pitch.

A girl watched in horror as her father was crushed to death by a cricket pitch roller yesterday.

Oxford University groundsman Maurice Honey fell under the one-ton machine as he prepared a pitch.

Mr Honey, 55, was trying to clear debris from the roller's path when he slipped on wet grass.

His daughter Claire, a trainee groundsman, witnessed the horrific accident. She raised the alarm before cradling her dad's body in her arms.

A police spokesman said: "This appears to have been a tragic accident.

"The man fell under the roller. His daughter was there at the time and is terribly upset."

Mr Honey, one of the country's finest cricket groundsmen, was working on a pitch owned by historic Christ Church College.

A student cricketer said: "We can't believe it. Apparently he jumped off the roller while it was moving and lost his footing.

"His daughter Claire is in a terrible state. She was working with him at the time and saw it happen. There was just nothing she could do.

"It's a great loss. Maurice was a fine cricketer and knew everything there is to know about keeping pitches in top form."

Mr Honey was rushed to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital but died soon after arriving. His widow Judy and 26-year-old Claire were last night being comforted by friends. They were too upset to discuss the accident.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and will carry out a full inquiry.

A spokeswoman for the university said last night: "The death is being treated as an accident. We are liaising with police and the college to get a full picture of what happened."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 29, 1996
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