POLICE have withdrawn their appeal for witnesses after the death of an elderly man six days after he suffered a fall on a bus travelling between Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge.

The man, named on social media as Robert Southwood, who was in his 70s, died on Monday, October 23 following what was at first described as an incident on an evening bus from Bradford on Avon when he fell after the driver had to brake suddenly.

However, subsequent investigations have led police to determine that his death was “unrelated” to the incident on October 17 on the 265 service between Bath and Salisbury.

Wiltshire Police issued a statement last Thursday saying: "Following our investigations it has now been confirmed that the fall was not a contributory factor to the man's death a week later.

"Our enquiries have determined that the man did not sustain a head injury when he fell on the bus."

A few days after the fall, the man went to his GP complaining that he felt unwell. He was subsequently admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath where he later died.

Following the incident, bus operator First Bus said it would investigate the incident and expressed sympathy to the man's family.