Tributes to Craig Jones after he plunges to his death down lift shaft at Marsden House

UPDATED: Man plunges to his death down lift shaft

Craig Jones, who has died after falling down a lift shaft at Marsden House.

Fire engines outside Marsden House in Bolton town centre, where a man has fallen to his death down a lift shaft. Picture by David Darbyshire-Clarke.

Marsden House in Bolton town centre, where a man has fallen to his death down a lift shaft. Picture from Google Maps.

The lift where Craig Jones fell to his death.

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A 27-YEAR-OLD man has died after falling five floors down a lift shaft in a block of town centre flats.

The man — named locally as Craig Jones — had been in the lift at Marsden House with a friend, between the fourth and fifth floors, when it broke down, according to police.

It appears that the lift doors were prised open after one of the men sounded the alarm and nothing had happened.

Mr Jones then fell through the gap and down to the bottom of the shaft.

The emergency services were called to the flats, in Marsden Road, in Bolton town centre, at about 4.50pm on Saturday, and Mr Jones was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about five hours later.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and have passed the matter over to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

It is understood Mr Jones had lived in Marsden House for several years and worked as a plasterer.

An HSE spokesman said: "That incident has been reported to us and we are currently making enquiries."

A fire service spokesman said one of their trauma technicians gave CPR to Mr Jones at the scene before he was taken to hospital.

Carl Whittaker, a parking attendant at St Edmund’s Street Car Park opposite, said he knew the victim by sight as he kept his van there.


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Mr Whittaker said: “He was a nice lad. I have spoken to him a number of times.

“I was shocked when I heard. I can picture his face. He came in every day at 5pm when he got back from work.

“I just can’t get my head round how he came to fall down the gap.”

Tributes to Mr Jones, who was nicknamed Pugsley, have poured in on social media, with Jade Oldham posting on Facebook: “Words can't even describe how devastated I am tonight! Lost the nicest person in the world!

“Couldn't even think of a bad word to say about pugs! Love and miss you so much! Xxxxxxxx.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “At about 4.50pm on Saturday, August 30, police were called to a block of flats on Marsden Road in Bolton following reports a 27-year-old man had fallen five floors down a lift shaft.

“The man and his friend had been stuck in the lift.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and GMP and the Health and Safety Executive will now be making inquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding his death.”

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12:53pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Little.Me22 says...

Miss you xxxxxx
Miss you xxxxxx Little.Me22
  • Score: 37

1:41pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Vinyl-Spin says...

I Love you, We'll never ever forget you. I'll miss you forever. Can't wait to see you again!! xxx
I Love you, We'll never ever forget you. I'll miss you forever. Can't wait to see you again!! xxx Vinyl-Spin
  • Score: 20

1:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

Only met you a few times in Blue Boar with your mates but thought you were a funny, genuine bloke. A placid kind of person who didn't have an aggressive bone.

Genuinely devastated by this. We had a drink for you last night at Brass Cat.

RIP my friend.
Only met you a few times in Blue Boar with your mates but thought you were a funny, genuine bloke. A placid kind of person who didn't have an aggressive bone. Genuinely devastated by this. We had a drink for you last night at Brass Cat. RIP my friend. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 21

2:07pm Mon 1 Sep 14

BXGirl says...

RIP mate. There a a great deal of people wishing this wasn't true. A genuinely lovely lad who will be missed xxx
RIP mate. There a a great deal of people wishing this wasn't true. A genuinely lovely lad who will be missed xxx BXGirl
  • Score: 19

2:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Danlouise says...

This is so sad ,alot of people are wishing this was not true. You was a lovely guy and it's true what they say god takes the good ones to quick , RIP sweetheart you will be truly missed xx
This is so sad ,alot of people are wishing this was not true. You was a lovely guy and it's true what they say god takes the good ones to quick , RIP sweetheart you will be truly missed xx Danlouise
  • Score: 14

5:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Daz Bond says...

A genuinely nice guy who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to his family and friends such a tragedy
A genuinely nice guy who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to his family and friends such a tragedy Daz Bond
  • Score: 15

7:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14

artistpaint says...

Rip buddy.never met ya.but you look top fella.
Rip buddy.never met ya.but you look top fella. artistpaint
  • Score: 11

7:48pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Ernagy2 says...

RIP. So sad - judging by the photo in the background, seemed to have children as well. Didn't know you, but very sad
RIP. So sad - judging by the photo in the background, seemed to have children as well. Didn't know you, but very sad Ernagy2
  • Score: 5

7:48am Tue 2 Sep 14

lindave739 says...

I am so so sorry, although i didn't know you my daughter and son in law knew you and your sister. R.I.P Craig they say Jesus only takes the Best but you was taken from your family to Young. Another Beautiful Bright Star lit up the skies. Goodnight GodBless xxxxx
I am so so sorry, although i didn't know you my daughter and son in law knew you and your sister. R.I.P Craig they say Jesus only takes the Best but you was taken from your family to Young. Another Beautiful Bright Star lit up the skies. Goodnight GodBless xxxxx lindave739
  • Score: 5

11:21am Tue 2 Sep 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Nice guy... met him a few times around town. RIP
Nice guy... met him a few times around town. RIP Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 5

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