Tributes paid to bookseller killed in shop tragedy

Margaret Sheridan was killed when a Waterstones shop sign fell on her on Bank Hey Street, Blackpool  Picture by Dave Nelson
Margaret Sheridan was killed when a Waterstones shop sign fell on her on Bank Hey Street, Blackpool Picture by Dave Nelson
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Tributes have been paid to a woman killed by a falling shop sign in Blackpool.

Bookseller Margaret Sheridan, 68, from Singleton, was pronounced dead at the scene outside Waterstones, where she worked, on Bank Hey Street.

A joint investigation by Lancashire Police and Blackpool Council is now under way.

It is unclear if the accident was weather-related.

A spokeswoman for Waterstones said: “Waterstones confirms that a tragic accident at its Blackpool shop has resulted in the death of one of its booksellers.

“Margaret Sheridan was a much-loved and well-respected colleague.

“We offer our deepest condolences to her family.

“The accident is being investigated by the authorities.”

Witnesses reported that a sign at the front of the store had fallen off around 5.30pm yesterday and that the shop worker was trapped underneath as members of the public dashed over to lift it up.

Police last night put up a large cordon around the area, from the Boots store up to Shoe Zone, while police and council officers worked to secure the scene.

Building control experts from Blackpool Council were asked to inspect the site and ensure there were no other elements of immediate concern to make the scene safe for investigations to be carried out.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public safety and enforcement, said: “We can confirm we will be providing support to the police in their investigation into the tragic death outside Waterstones on Monday evening.

“The investigation is now under way and as such we will not make any further comment on the circumstances of the incident at this stage.

“Our thoughts are with the victim and her family at what will undoubtedly be a very difficult and upsetting time.”