A 35-year-old man has died after being electrocuted on an artificial football pitch in Portsmouth. Emergency services were called to the pitch at Mountbatten Leisure Centre, which has a metal fence around it, on 17 January following reports of a man suffering an electric shock.

He was found unconscious at the scene and taken to Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth, where he later died.

The centre, which is managed on behalf of Portsmouth City Council by Parkwood Community Leisure, is currently closed while an investigation into what caused the man to be electrocuted takes place. Southern Energy Power and the police have confirmed the area is now safe.

A Hampshire police spokesman said on 18 January: "Police were alerted to an incident at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre outside pitch at about 6.40pm yesterday evening. A 35-year-old man was unconscious at the scene. He was taken to Queen Alexandra hospital by ambulance, where he was later pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed. We are looking into the circumstances."