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Murder investigation underway in Cockermouth - police want public's help to identify victim

Police had to close Main Street in Cockermouth earlier today while they investigated the murder. Credit: ITV News Border

Police in West Cumbria have launched a murder investigation after a man's body was found in Cockermouth.

Emergency services were called to the Globe Hotel on Main Street at 3am this morning (Sunday 31 May).

Detectives are asking for the public's help to identify the victim.

He is described as between 35 to 50-years-old with a shaved head. He has two tattoos: a black panther on his right upper arm and the head of an Alsatian dog on his back.

Panther tattoo on victim's right arm Credit: Cumbria Police

Detectives say the person who carried out the attack will have blood on their clothes.

Suspicious deaths of this nature are thankfully extremely rare in Cumbria, and we have a team of detectives who are working hard to establish what exactly has happened. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure local people that we don’t believe there to be a threat to the public.

– Det Supt Cath Thundercloud

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Council: markets could still go ahead

Allerdale Borough Council has responded to a High Court ruling, which will prevent them from closing Market Place, in Cockermouth, to traffic.

The ruling puts the future of markets, and events like Taste Cumbria, under threat.

"The Council is aware of concerns raised about the future of markets being held in Cockermouth’s Market Place and would like to clarify the situation. The Court ruling specifically related to the part of a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) made by Cumbria County Council which sought to close Market Place to traffic for the monthly Saturday market. This Saturday market has taken place here without the road being closed in the past and this could be reinstated if the community wants it.

"This ruling will not impact on Market Place being the venue for other events - such as for the Taste Cumbria festival or the Georgian Fair - where separate road closures will be obtained.

"We understand that this ruling was made against one small part of a larger TRO for Cockermouth made by Cumbria County Council. Events held in other parts of the town will not be affected by this ruling."

– Allerdale Borough Council

“There is clearly strength of feeling in favour of the return of a market to Cockermouth’s Market Place.

We shall therefore work with partners in the town council, Cumbria County Council and the wider community, to gauge whether the market recently held in the United Reform Church should be moved back to Market Place.

If so, then we shall investigate what legal measures are required to make this happen.”

– Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council

Market town no more?

Market Place hosts plenty of popular events, like Taste Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

Markets have been banned from Cockermouth's Market Place, after a High Court ruling.

It's understood the case was brought by a single local man, who questioned whether prohibiting traffic from the road on Saturday market days was legal.

That's come as a shock to people in the town, as it's had a Market Charter for around 800 years.

But Allerdale Borough Council says markets have been held without the road being closed in the past, and that the ruling shouldn't prevent other events, like the Taste Cumbria food festival, from taking place.

Police event to help combat rural crime in Allerdale

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Police are hosting a public event in Cockermouth to discuss rural crime following an increase in thefts and burglaries at farms in the area.

The meeting takes place at Mitchell's Auction Mart at 7pm on Monday 2 March and will give people the opportunity to talk about any concerns they have around rural crime and what steps they can take to prevent it.

Crime prevention officer David Thompson and PCSO Sarah Brown will be offering advice on all aspects of rural crime along with the local wildlife officer.

“We encourage anyone with any issues or concerns to attend this event. We will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have and offer advice where possible. Even if you don’t have any concerns, you may be interested in the crime prevention tips that will be available.

“The event will also provide an opportunity to sign up to Farmwatch or request a free crime prevention survey at your farm.”

– PCSO Sarah Brown, Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing team

Anyone with issues or concerns can also contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101 or get in touch with the local crime prevention officer for free expert advice.

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Emergency services help injured walker

A 70-year-old man from France was flown to hospital after slipping during a walk in the Lake District. The man suffered a fracture-dislocation of the ankle on Whiteless Pike on Boxing Day. 16 members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team went to the aid of the walker, he was treated by the team doctor and then flown to the Cumberland Infirmary.

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