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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.

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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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Police search for man in connection with drugs find

John Atkinson Credit: ITV Border

Police appeal for members of the public to keep an eye out for John Atkinson as they try to determine his whereabouts.

They're asking for anyone with information to come forward.

The 34 year old, is wanted in connection with the discovery of a substantial amount of drugs found at a property on Westway, Barrow-in-Furness, on 31 July.

It is believed that he is in the Egremont area.

Detective Constable Cheryl Smith from Cumbria Police said:

We would like to speak to Mr Atkinson at the first possible opportunity in connection with this incident.

If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has any information that could assist our investigation, please get in touch. Also I would like to appeal directly to Mr Atkinson, if you hear or see this appeal please contact police.

Information on any vehicles Atkinson is using would be also helpful to our enquiries.”

– Detective Constable Cheryl Smith, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Queen of the South host Rangers

it's a big weekend for Queen of the South. They host Rangers at Palmerston Park on Sunday.

The two sides are tied on points with both having three wins from their first three league games so far this season.

The Glasgow giants may have fallen on hard times in recent years but a visit from one of the biggest teams in Scottish football, particularly with the chance to go top at stake makes this a huge occasion for the Doonhamers

Inquest into Windermere death continues

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV Border

The inquest into the death of Teeside University student Matthew Jordan in Windermere continues.

The criminology student had been visiting Bowness-on-Windermere with three friends when he became separated from them on a night out.

It sparked Cumbria's largest search for many years, with hundreds of local people helping police search the surrounding area but ultimately police honed their search on the bed of the lake, where his body was found.

The inquest into his death has been adjourned after the family's lawyer argued there were too many unanswered questions relating to how Matthew ended up in the lake. They will be hoping for some of those answers today.

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