Conker conks

A dead but standing horse chestnut tree did for 28 year-old Jake Podesta as he rode his motorbike along a road in Romsey, Hampshire, last September.

An inquest has just been told that Podesta died from severe neck injuries caused by a rotten branch falling on him. The tree’s owner will face no charges, as the common law duty of protecting people does not extend to the public highway in this case.

Picture source: K. Eno