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Breeder dies following snake bite

A snake breeder has died after being bitten by one of his venomous reptiles.

Police are investigating the death of the man in his 40s in Eastwood, Nottingham.

He is believed to be Luke Yeomans, a snake breeder who was due to open the King Cobra Sanctuary breeding colony to the public this weekend.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to a property in Brookhill Leys Road, near Eastwood, where the man had suffered a suspected heart attack.

It is believed he had received a bite from a venomous snake, a spokeswoman said. She said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

She said the snake has been contained and there is no danger to the public.

"The RSPCA, Health and Safety Executive and Broxtowe Borough Council have been informed of the incident," police said.

"Nottinghamshire Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death in conjunction with the appropriate agency and will liaise with the coroner's office."

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive said it was aware of the incident and was making preliminary inquiries.

The King Cobra Sanctuary, based at Brookhill Leys Farm, offers people the chance to see the king cobras in the breeding colony.

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