Tributes to Barnoldswick sportsman who fell from Nelson car park

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Barnoldswick grandfather and keen sportsman who died after he fell from the multi-storey car park in Nelson.

The family of 65-year-old Ian Nutter said he would be “sadly missed by all who knew him”.

In a statement they said: “Ian was a loving father, grandfather and husband. He leaves behind his wife Carol and his children and grandchildren.

“Ian had a lifelong love of alsatians, owning three in his life, and was often seen walking around the Barnoldswick area with them.

“He is well known for his wicket keeping at Barnoldswick Cricket Club where he has been playing for over 20 years. He also played for and supported Barnoldswick United Football Club for many years.”

Barnoldswick Cricket Club Treasurer Peter Pickup said: “I have played with Ian and known him personally for many years. He was a really nice sort of bloke and just a good team man.

“While playing he was a fierce competitor and aggressive batter; always up for a fight. He was a very likeable man who never had a bad word to say about anyone.

“He was also one of the instigators in developing the town’s football club, in which he also played.”

Police were called to the multi-storey car park around 5-30 p.m. on Saturday after reports a man had fallen from the top of the car park and clipped a car as he fell.

The road at the junction of Sagar Street and Broadway was closed for a few hours while investigators were at the scene.

Police are keen to speak to witnesses who saw the incident involving a dark coloured A-class Mercedes, which stopped at the scene.

Pendle councillor Eileen Ansar has called on the car park owners to install security fencing around the top of the car park to prevent further deaths.

She said funding had been in place for several years and had the work been done, this and perhaps some earlier deaths might have been prevented.

Anyone with information on the incident should call the neighbourhood policing team on 472441.