A charitable trust has been fined £266,000 after the Elizabethan stately home it manages became the scene of the “tragic and untimely” death of its long serving butler.

Peterborough Crown Court heard how Arthur Mellar, 47, head butler at Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, was killed when he became trapped in a luggage lift as he attempted to free an item of guests’ luggage.

On the day of the incident, 12 July 2014, there had been several guests at the estate, which is managed by Burghley House Preservation Trust and has featured in films such as the 2005 production of Pride & Prejudice, for its annual cricket match.

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