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'Much-loved' dad who worked in agriculture tragically died after being crushed by tractor

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A much-loved dad, who had a life-long background in farming and agriculture, tragically died after being crushed by a JCB tractor.

Stephen Rockett, 53, had gone to a nearby farm close to where he lived on May 6, 2021, to fix a JCB which had a fault with its gears.

The self-employed agricultural engineer and dad-of-four had been working alone, a jury inquest at Exeter's Crown Court heard on May 12, Devon Live reports.He suffered fatal injuries when he reconnected some wiring causing him to be trapped by a rotating wheel of the digger.

Mr Rockett, who was born in North Tawton, was found to be unresponsive underneath the tractor, which still had its engine running, by an employee who had returned back to the farm.

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