Farmer and wildlife expert dies in farmland accident

A family statement said that a 'legend has been lost'
A family statement said that a 'legend has been lost'

Farmer and wildlife expert Johnny Kingdom has been killed in an accident involving a digger on his farmland.

Mr Kingdom, who specialised in his local area of Exmoor and north Devon, died on Thursday night (6 September).

Police were notified just before 9pm of a single vehicle collision in a field near Wadham Cross, Knowstone.

It was reported that a digger had rolled over in a field.

Emergency services attended the scene where the 79-year-old was pronounced deceased.

His family has issued a short statement: "Unfortunately a legend has been lost.

"Johnny would want you all to continue with his love for Exmoor as you all meant so much to him.

"As the loving man himself would have said 'Farewell to all you lovely people'."

Officers in attendance carried out an examination of the scene and enquires are ongoing.