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High speeds blamed for fatal crash

It was an early morning crash that killed three men and left two West Cumbrian communities stunned.

Today, the high speed of one of the cars has been blamed for the collision between Maryport and Aspatria last October.

In one car, volunteer firefighter Michael Harrison from Aspatria. In the other car, 18-year-old passenger Todd Ridley and driver, 22-year old-Jamie Edmonson, both from Maryport.

All three died at the scene. Hannah McNulty reports.

Inquest finds high speed were a factor in A596 crash

A coroner has concluded high speed was a factor in a crash that killed three men.

Driver 22-year-old Jamie Edmonson, his passenger 18-year-old Todd Ridley and another driver, 47-year-old Michael Harrison, died in the two vehicle at Crosby Villa in west Cumbria last October.

Another driver told the inquest in Cockermouth he was overtaken by Jamie Edmonson's car at speeds of up to 80-miles-per-hour. He then lost control and went into the path of Michael Harrison's vehicle. Harrison, a father of two from Aspatria had no time to avoid a collision.

Traces of cannabis and two non-prescribed drugs were found in Jamie Edmonson's system but Assistant Coroner Simon Ward concluded they weren't a major factor. He concluded he'd overtaken across double white lines at excessive speed and recorded three verdicts of death by road traffic collision.

A596 crash inquest begins

A police officer has described the scene of a crash in which three men died as the worst she had ever seen in her career.

Drivers 47-year-old Michael Harrison from Aspatria, 22-year-old Jamie Lee Edmonson and his passenger 18-year-old Todd Ridley who were from Maryport, all died when their vehicles collided on the A596 at Crosby Villa in west Cumbria last October.

PC Jill Robertson was one of the first on the scene, and told the inquest into their deaths it was "carnage" and "it would have been a miracle if anyone had survived."

She described one of the cars as resembling one "you'd see in a scrapyard" and the damage was so bad she and her colleague were unable to tell the makes and models of the vehicles.

The inquest continues.


Missing teenager may have contacted friends

Enquiries are continuing to trace missing schoolgirl Shannon Turnbull.

Cumbria police are following up various sightings of her that have been reported from the public in areas such as Carlisle and Workington.

There was also a potential sighting of Shannon at Appleby Horse Fair reported to police.

Officers believe Shannon is in Cumbria and more likely to be in the Carlisle or west Cumbria areas where she is known to have links with the local community.Inspector Martin Connolly has confirmed that she has been in contact with friends but they are concerned for her welfare because of her age.

He said: " We are appealing to any members of the public who see a girl matching her description to call police on 101. "

Shannon is described as white, aged 14, 5' 6" tall, of medium build with long hair usually worn in a ponytail which was dyed purple a few weeks ago. She was wearing a black zip up Superdry jacket with red logo, blue jeans, white addidas training shoes and a peach coloured top underneath the jacket.

She went missing from her home address in Harriston, Aspatria on Wednesday, 6th June 2012

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