Teenage rugby star killed in flats fall

A TEENAGE rugby league player died after plunging from a three-storey block of flats just hours after attending a wake for another rugby player.

Mystery surrounds the death of Shaun Griffiths, 18, who apparently fell from the roof in the early hours of Saturday.

He had attended the wake last friday of fellow player Gareth Swift, 19, who played for the same Normanton Knights club as Shaun before moving on to Featherstone Rovers.

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Shaun's parents Mark and Claire, both 41, said their son had been working until 8pm on Friday and had not been to the funeral service for Gareth Swift, who died in a car crash in April.

They said Shaun had gone to the wake at the Norman public house for a short time on Friday night before going on to a party with friends at a flat in Normanton.

Mr Griffiths said: "I just know that he has ended up on the roof somehow.

"He has fallen from there, on the roof of the flats we think, we are not 100 per cent sure. We just can't understand how or why."

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A police spokeswoman said: "Officers received a call at 06:52am on Saturday from the ambulance service reporting a man with injuries.

"Officers attended the scene and an 18-year-old local man was

pronounced dead shortly after.

"Early indications are that his death is not being treated as

suspicious and a file is to be submitted to the HM Coroner."

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Shaun earned four straight A-level A grades in law, finance, psychology and business at New College, Pontefract, before starting work in February for HBOS in Leeds.

Shaun, who had two sisters, Rachel, 17 and Rebecca, 11, was also a former junior captain at Normanton Golf Club.