Woman pedestrian dies after being mowed down outside I'm a Celebrity castle in spot where 'fans take pics'

A FEMALE pedestrian was killed in a horror smash outside the I'm a Celebrity castle in a spot where fans take pictures.

Emergency crews were scrambled to the A547 in Abergele, North Wales, at around 5pm yesterday.

The road is a mile from where I'm a Celeb is currently being filmed with a clear view of Gwrych Castle.

She was hit by a blue Volvo in a spot where locals claim fans have been travelling to take pictures of the castle.

It is not clear if she was trying to get a photo at the time.

She was declared dead at the scene, while the driver was uninjured.

Shocking pictures show police cars parked up on the road with a clear shot of the castle in the background.

Police shut the road in both directions following the fatal crash with motorists urged to avoid the area.

The coroner has been informed.

Sgt Emlyn Hughes of the Roads Policing Unit said; “I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this tragic incident, or who may have dashcam footage, to contact the Roads Policing Unit.

"The road remains closed and will be for some time as we conduct our investigations.”

What is Gwyrch Castle?

THE 19th-century country house is located near Abergele in Conwy, County Borough, North Wales.

Gwrych Castle was built between 1810 and 1825 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh.

The castle played an important tole in World War II, as the Government used it to house 200 Jewish refugees.

It also served as the training grounds for English World Middleweight boxing champion Randolph Turpin in the early 1950s.

Gwrych Castle became known as "The Showpiece of Wales" and over the years has attracted many visitors.

The ruins are said to be haunted by the ghost of the previous owner, the Countess of Dundonald.

The Woman in White, as the locals know her as, is said to be angry that her husband stripped the castle of her valuables and sold them.

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed they sent two rapid response vehicles and two emergency ambulances to the scene at around 5pm.

ITV bosses swapped the Australian jungle for 200-year-old Gwrych Castle due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The castle is nestled in a tree-lined hillside with 250 acres of gardens and grounds.

This year's contestants include Vernon Kay, Sir Mo Farah, Jessica Plummer, Beverley Callard and Victoria Derbyshire.

Ant and Dec are still presenting the live shows from the castle's grounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 using the reference Y171230.

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