Man injured in accident at Potter author’s house

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A WORKMAN was rescued by emergency crews yesterday after becoming trapped under a JCB in an accident in the garden of the writer JK Rowling’s Edinburgh home.

The man was using the digger to help demolish a garage at the Harry Potter author’s home when it toppled over, crushing his leg.

Firefighters used inflatable bags to lift the digger, and the man, 31, was taken by ambulance to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he received treatment for a broken leg.

The man was operating the digger during a demolition job at the author’s home in Abbotsford Park, off Colinton Road, when the accident happened at 11am yesterday. The rescue took 30 minutes.

Ms Rowling was not at her home when the accident happened.

A spokeswoman for the author said: “JK Rowling was made fully aware of what happened and was very upset and concerned for the injured workman.”

Rowling, who has an eight-year-old daughter, Jessica, recently bought a sprawling country house in Perthshire where she is now believed to spend much of her time.

She married her long-term boyfriend Dr Neil Murray at her new home in December last year.

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