1. ITV Report

Shootings doctor to carry torch into Cockermouth

Dr Timothy Sowton at the kissing point Photo: ITV

A doctor who treated victims of the West Cumbria Shootings at the scene carried the Olympic torch into Cockermouth yesterday.

Dr Timothy Sowton rushed to attend Harry Berger, who was shot through the shoulder by Derrick Bird in 2010.

Dr Timothy Sowton with correspondent Dan Ashby Credit: ITV
Crowds gather to welcome Dr Timothy Sowton Credit: ITV

Mr Berger, who survived the attack, said that Dr Sowton was a brave man and that he "couldn't think of somebody who deserved to carry the torch more".

The Seascale GP also beat cancer as a student and spent some time in Afghanistan to improve healthcare there.

Earlier his wife told Lookaround that she "couldn't believe this day had finally come".

Dr Sowton carried the torch into Low Road just before 4pm.