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Man dies after jumping into Hodge Close Quarry

Hodge Close Quarry, Coniston Credit: Google Maps

The body of a man has been found at Hodge Close Quarry in Coniston, Cumbria Police have confirmed.

A 30-year-old man from Barrow was found in the evening on 10 July 2018.

Police were contacted at 5.46pm following a report of a male jumping from height into water.

A multi-agency search operation took place.

The man's family have been notified and a Coroner has been informed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Man 'unaccounted for' at Coniston quarry site

An investigation has been launched Credit: PA

Emergency services have been at an incident at Hodge Close Quarry in Coniston.

Police say a man in his thirties is unaccounted for.

A Cumbria Police investigation has been launched with support from the Ambulance, Mountain Rescue and Fire services.

Police will be at the scene for the foreseeable future and a cordon is in place while investigations continue.

The man's family has been made aware.


Historic Coniston church clock silenced overnight

St Andrew's Church will no longer chime over night Credit: ITV Border

An historic church clock in Coniston will no longer chime overnight, after the owners of a local hotel complained it was damaging trade by keeping guests awake at night.

The bells at St Andrew's Church have rung through the day and night since 1890.

A spokesmen for the diocese said they understood concerns from the The Yewdale Hotel and were happy to reach a compromise. However, some locals say they want the bells to continue ringing as they have done for so many years.

WATCH: the £750,000 Coniston conservation scheme

A project to improve the water quality at Coniston has been awarded more than £750,000 of Lottery funding.

The water quality in the iconic lake has been declining in recent years, and the Conserving Coniston & Crake project has been set up to stop this.

The scheme is being led by South Cumbria Rivers Trust, and the local community's Coniston & Crake Catchment Partnership.

They will be arranging community conservation projects, and activities for families and local schools, and are calling for more volunteers to get involved.


Resurrected Bluebird goes on display in Coniston

Bill Smith carries out the early stages of restoration on Donald Campbells Bluebird K7 in a small North Shields workshop. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Part of Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 boat has been installed in the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.

The boat was torn apart when it flipped while Donald Campbell was trying to break the water speed record on Coniston in 1967. He died instantly and parts of the boat lay on the bed of Coniston Water until 2001, when they were raised.

Two of the original conserved and reconfigured spars and some of the fairlings have been maneuvered into position into the museum, along with two replicated sponsons. The original sponsons were in the floating wreckage that were lost after the crash.

Other parts of the craft are still being restored in a small North Shields workshop, with the help of volunteers.

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