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Tributes to NZ man killed in tragic accident in London

Published: 11:07AM Wednesday January 30, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • Camden town (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
    Camden town - Source: Wikimedia Commons

Emotional tributes have been placed at the scene where a New Zealander died in a freak accident in London.

ONE News Europe Correspondent Garth Bray said the young man from Gisborne was walking along a street in Camden when a sign from a betting shop crashed down on him.

Bray said details are sketchy but it is understood the man in his 20s never regained consciousness although passers-by immediately rushed to his assistance.

He is believed to have suffered a heart attack on the way to hospital.

Bray said it was a horrible and freak accident.

A New Zealand flag has been left at the scene as a tribute.

The UK's Mirror newspaper reported that a message, placed among bouquets of flowers, said: "This is not how it was supposed to go.

"We had so many good plans and so many good memories. I promise never to forget you."

Pensioner Dave Preston, who lives above the William Hill betting shop, told the Mirror "it sounded like an explosion".

"I looked outside and saw this poor guy lying there."

It is understood the man's family were last night due to head to Camden to identify him.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed the death and is providing consular assistance to the man's family.