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Police statement following Matthew Jordan inquest verdict

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Matthew Jordan. Today’s inquest found that Matthew’s death was accidental following immersion in cold water. When Matthew was reported missing, Cumbria Constabulary launched an extensive search for him calling on a number of resources. Sadly Matthew was found in Lake Windermere by a Police search boat team on the 15th April 2014, 19 days after he was first reported missing. The investigation team conducted extensive enquiries trying to ascertain what happened to Matthew after he had left the Staggs Hotel in Bowness during the early hours of 27th March 2014. Police enquiries led to no believed suspicious circumstances in regards to Matthew’s death. I would like to thank once again the specialist teams both within the Police and other agencies, the local community and those that travelled from the North East of England to assist the police and Matthew’s family and friends during the search. It was evident that people got involved because they wanted to help the family find Matthew.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Furzana Nazir


New calls for Morecambe Bay breast cancer review

A consultant studying a mammogram (Library) Credit: Press Association

A woman whose breast cancer was missed by the North Lancashire and South Cumbria breast screening programme is calling for an historic review of cases.

'Lisa' was given the all clear in 2005 after a routine mammogram. Six months later it emerged her cancer had been missed. She was 37 years old.

Lisa said she was devastated: "My confidence was just destroyed, I just thought how can that happen?

"I put all my trust in people to look after me and then they report I'm fine and less than six months later I'm not fine."

ITV news obtained figures earlier this year showing at least 14 other cases were missed between 2005 and 2011.

We reiterate the apologies we gave in 2007 to the lady concerned when her mammogram was incorrectly interpreted – as we appreciate this would have caused her additional worry at an already distressing time.

We would reassure Lisa and the public that a review of the Breast Screening Service by national experts from Public Health England in 2014 determined that the service is safe and there are no concerns about film reading in the unit, which meets national standards with good overall cancer detection rates.

– Dr David Walker, Medical Director of Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust

Coroner's verdict: accidental death

A coroner in south Cumbria has recorded a verdict of accidental death on student Matthew Jordan.

The 20-year-old died after falling into a beck leading into Windermere last year.

He was trying to walk back to his bed and breakfast accommodation after he'd been out drinking.

He'd been visiting Bowness with friends in March 2014 when he became separated from them.

His body was later found in the lake almost three weeks later. Fiona Marley Patterson has been at the inquest.


PHOTOS: L'aal Ratty

L'aal Ratty Credit: ITV Border

Locals and railway enthusiasts are coming together to celebrate 100 years of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

A cake to mark the 100th anniversary of L'aal Ratty Credit: ITV Border
L'aal Ratty Credit: ITV Border

It is often referred to as L'aal Ratty and this year marks 100 years of it becoming a narrow gauge railway.

L'aal Ratty Credit: ITV Border

ITV Border's Kate Walby went along with Cameraman Steve to see what was going on.

Tune into Lookaround at 6pm tonight to see the full report.

Kateand Steve at the 100th anniversary celebrations Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries 'Archive and Local Studies' project

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee are to meet next month to discuss plans for new Archive Centre in Dumfries.

The plans were put forward to the Heritage Lottery Fund with the hope of securing financial support for the project. These proposals were however unsuccessful due to the high level of applications the HFL receive.

The Heritage Lottery Fund have said the Council are able to re-apply should they wish to do so.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Capital Works programme continues to support the creation of a new regional archive centre. Members will be asked to agree that further development work is done alongside a review of the work carried so far.

Chairman of Community and Customer Services Committee, Councillor Tom McAughtrie reinforced the Council’s commitment to providing a fit for purpose archive centre:

A new Archive Centre for Dumfries and Galloway is long overdue and something that our Council is committed to providing for both the people of the region as well as visitors to the area.

It is important that we have a modern facility to allow visitors to the centre access to state of the art search facilities.

I am confident that this committee can recommend a fit for purpose, state of the art facility that will benefit the region for many a year to come.

We’ve been encouraged by the HLF’s suggestion of making a future bid for funding and this will remain an option going forward.”

– Councillor Tom McAughtrie
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