24 Nov 2018

Man dies in Dunedin bar after falling down steps

8:16 pm on 24 November 2018

By Elena McPhee for the Otago Daily Times

A 68-year-old man died after apparently falling down stairs at a Dunedin bar overnight.

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Police are investigating after a death in a Dunedin bar last night. Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/ 123rf

Police were called to Carousel bar on Lower Stuart St just before 4am and cordoned off the area.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, but the man died.

Carousel owner John Devereux said the man had fallen down the flight of stairs at the entrance to the bar, and he understood it had happened after the bar's one-way door policy kicked in at 3am.

Mr Devereux said his thoughts went out to all those affected by what had happened.

It was "absolutely" a shock and upsetting for the staff working at the time.

"It's very, very tragic and sad for everyone involved," Mr Devereux said.

Police were at the premises this morning examining the scene, and the entrance to the bar was cordoned off.

- This story first appeared in the Otago Daily Times