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School children meet Tour of Britain mascot

Children with the Tour of Britain mascot Credit: Cumbria County Council

The end of the summer term is always special for school children and ToBi, the official mascot of the Aviva Tour of Britain, helped make it even more magical for two primary schools in Cumbria this week.

Yanwath School near Penrith and All Saints Primary School in Cockermouth are both on the route of the two Cumbrian stages of the big race in September.

ToBi visited the schools to encourage any last-minute entries in the ‘Design the starting flag’ and ‘Design the winner’s jersey’ school competitions, which closes for entrants on the last day of the school term.

The two local sponsors of the competitions, Cockermouth-based automotive engineering business M-Sport and United Utilities were also at the schools to mark their backing of the big race. Both M-Sport (starting flag) and United Utilities (winner’s jersey) will be involved in the judging, with the winners announced at the end of the summer holidays.

The two companies say backing the Cumbrian stages of the UK’s largest free sporting event is an important symbol of their support for the local community, as they recognise the economic and longer-term benefits the Aviva Tour of Britain brings to the county.

Standing from left to right next to the M-Sport rally car behind the seated children from All Saints Primary, Cockermouth are Mr Stretch (Active Cumbria performer), ToBi (Tour of Britain mascot) and John Hilton, Project Director from United Utilities Credit: Cumbria County Council

“Cockermouth will have never seen anything like the start of the Tour before and we’re excited to be getting behind the race. For me, there is no bigger adrenaline rush than being behind the wheel of a world rally car, and I’m sure it’s something similar for the cyclists at the start line of the Tour of Britain.

"I’d like to see the flag competition entries come up with a design that captures all of the excitement, energy and glory that comes with competing at the top level of your chosen sport.”

– Malcolm Wilson, former World Championship rally driver


Man arrested after Cockermouth fire

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A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a house fire in Cockermouth.

The blaze broke out at a property in the Bellbrigg Lonning area this lunchtime.

No one was injured but significant damage was caused to the property's living room.

Man charged with murder

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A man has been charged in connection with the death in Cockermouth on Sunday.

Michael Sanderson, of Arkleby Hall Cottages, Arkleby, Wigton, has been charged with murder.

The thirty-year-old appeared at West Allerdale Magistrates Court this morning.

He was remanded in custody until June 4, when he will appear at Carlisle Crown Court.


Family pay tribute following Cockermouth death

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The family of a man found dead in Cockermouth at the weekend have paid tribute to him.

Fifty-nine-year-old Terry Taylor, of Oldham in Greater Manchester, died yesterday.

Terry was a family man and looked after his family wherever possible.

He was a retired paramedic of 25 years with the Greater Manchester Ambulance Service.

Married to wife Debra for 33 years, and father to three grown up children and two grandchildren.

He cared for all and will be greatly missed.”

– Family of Terry Taylor

Man arrested as Cockermouth victim identified

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Police have now identified the man who died in Cockermouth yesterday, and arrested a man in connection with the incident.

Terry Taylor, 59,of the Oldham area in Greater Manchester, has been identified as the victim.

A 30-year-old man from Aspatria has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and is helping police with their enquiries.

Police were called to the Globe Hotel on Main Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Areas in Cockermouth are still inaccessible due to the ongoing murder investigation, with Challoner Street at the Junction of Main Street, closed.

But all businesses, except the Globe Hotel, are open.

Residents can leave the area from South Street (one way) onto Station Street.

There will be an emergency traffic order to change South Street to two-way, allowing access to South Street, Challoner Street, Croftside, and other side streets in the area.

Police release picture of murder victim's tattoo

Black panther tattoo Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for the public's help to identify a man who was murdered in Cockermouth.

Officers were called to the Globe Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The victim is described as a white male, of stocky to heavy build, approximately 5ft 9 to 5ft 10 tall, clean shaven, with a shaven head.

He has a distinction black panther tattoo on his upper right arm, and an Alsatian’s dog head tattoo on his upper back, between the shoulder blades.

The person or people who are responsible for this attack would have blood on their clothing, and we would like to hear from anyone who may have noticed someone coming home with blood on their clothing, or washing their clothes in the early hours of the morning.

– Det Supt Cath Thundercloud

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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