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Betty Brown death inquest begins

Betty Brown's remains were found in a disused quarry near Longtown in 2011 Credit: ITV News Border

An inquest is set to begin into the death of 56-year-old Betty Brown, whose body was found in woods near Longtown in January 2011.

Mrs Brown, from Hawick, was last seen in May 2010, when it is thought she travelled from Edinburgh to Longtown on a bus.

Her remains were found eight months later in woods near Longtown.

Despite extensive appeals to the public, the police have been unable to find out what happened to her.

Cumbria Police are still treating the death as 'suspicious'.

Body found in River Derwent

Police are investigating after a man's body was found near to an area known locally as Cod Fitz yesterday afternoon.

The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has been formally identified as 80 year old Henry Stephenson of Gote Road, Cockermouth. His family has been informed.

Police are not currently treating his death as suspicious and are conducting enquiries on behalf of the coroner.


Family pay tribute to a 'kind and loving' woman

Kathleen Dixon Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a woman who was found in the river Eden have paid tribute to her.

64-year-old Kathleen Dixon was found near Langwathby Bridge near Penrith, following a police search.

Her family have described her as someone who ' wouldn’t hesitate to help others.'

Mr and Mrs Wilfred Dixon, Kathleen’s brother and sister in law said:

“Kathleen was a very special sister, sister-in-law, auntie and friend.

“She was kind, heart-warming, loving and a very good friend of Sharon and Margaret. She would never hesitate to help anyone who needed her.

“She loved doing voluntary work with Age Concern and Eden Animal Rescue. Thank you to them for their care of her, and any other friends we have not mentioned. A very big thank you to the police for all their help and hard work in finding Kathleen.

“Thank you also to the hospital staff for their care of Kathleen.

“She has now gone to join her mam, big brother John and sister, Daphne. Give her a cuddle from us and look after her.”


Canonbie body mystery: Full report

The body of a man found in woodland two years ago still hasn't been identified, despite worldwide enquiries.

His remains were discovered near Canonbie in Dumfries and Galloway, but little more is known about him.

The police have always thought he could be Italian, or have links to Europe, but inquiries across the continent have drawn a blank.

Detectives here though haven't given up hope of solving the mystery of who he is and why he died.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Family of Mica Atkinson pay tribute to 'breath taking daughter'

The family of Mica Atkinson, who was found dead at her home in Whitehaven on November 27th, have paid tribute to her.

The 22-year-old from Wasdale Close, has been described as the "most amazing person."

"On Tuesday the 27th November 2012 our family’s lives changed forever in the most unimaginable, painful way.

"Our breath-taking daughter, our beloved sister, most cherished granddaughter and most selfless mummy was taken away from us too soon.

“Mica was the most amazing person in every aspect of her life. She gave 100% of her mind and soul; she threw her heart into everything.

"Mica was beautiful, inside and out, you can easily see by all the people whose lives she had touched, you see the impact she had."

– Atkinson family

"There was only one thing Mica ever wanted and that was to become a mum. Thankfully she did, she gave us her beautiful little girl, Lilly.

"Mica loved her more than anything in the entire universe. There wasn’t a single thing she wouldn’t do for her.

"From the moment she was born Mica had blossomed into the most mature, outstanding mother. She was a mother to us all, that was her instinct. "

– Atkinson family

A 25-year-old man from Whitehaven was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, but has been bailed until January 2013, for further enquiries.

The circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated.

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