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Margaret Forster, Carlisle-born author dies aged 77

Margaret Forster Credit: ITV Border

Margaret Forster, an award-winning author from Carlisle, has died at a North London hospice.

Her more famous novels include Her novels included Georgy Girl (1965), Lady's Maid (1990), Diary of an Ordinary Woman (2003), Have the Men Had Enough? (1989) and The Memory Box (1999).

She leaves behind her husband Hunter Davies, best known for his authorised biography of the Beatles.


CPS hope sentences will bring 'comfort' to Jordan's parents

George Thomson, Brahnn Finley and Daniel Johnston. Credit: Cumbria Police

The Crown Prosecution Service say they hope the outcome of the trial into Jordan Watson's murder will bring some comfort to Jordan's family.

George Thomson, 19, and Brahnn Finley, 19, have both been convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in custody.

Daniel Johnston, 20, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years.

This was a truly brutal murder that has shocked the whole community. Jordan Watson, only 14 years old, was lured into Upperby cemetery under false pretences by George Thomson. Jordan thought that he was meeting George Thomson to do a job for him but when Jordan arrived at the cemetery, Thomson carried out a sustained, violent attack on him, inflicting terrible and fatal injuries.

This was a premeditated murder, committed out of jealousy and planned in great detail by George Thomson. Thomson had even told several people beforehand that he wanted to kill Jordan. In the time leading up to the murder he recruited Brahnn Finley and Daniel Johnston into his plan. They were present at the cemetery that night when Jordan Watson was attacked, and were there for no other reason but to provide back up and support to Thomson. The jury have found George Thomson and Brahnn Finley guilty of his murder and Daniel Johnston guilty of manslaughter.

Jordan’s murder has been devastating for his family and friends and no verdict or sentence can take away their terrible loss, but I hope that today’s outcome to the trial will help to bring some comfort. Our thoughts are with them today."

– Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West
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