A tree surgeon died today after accidentally slashing himself with a chainsaw while cutting down branches.

The man, aged in his 20s, was working on a tree at a private house in Park Gate, Hailsham.

Sussex Police were called by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service just after 11am to find the victim high up in the tree.

Paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene along with a Coastguard helicopter but the man, who has not been named but came from Eastbourne, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police spokeswoman said: "The Health and Safety Executive have been informed. This is being treated as an industrial accident."