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Family pay tribute to bike crash victim

Michael Bates Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a 47-year-old man who was killed in a motorbike accident on Sunday (14th July) have paid tribute to him.

Michael Bates, from Kelso, was involved in a collision with another motorcycle and a tractor, on the A683 outside of the Fat Lamb hotel in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.

Mr Bates was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough by air ambulance, but died of his injuries.

The family of Michael Bates said:

"It is with great sadness that Michael has so tragically been taken from us.

"A keen motorcyclist for several years with a zest for life. Michael who loved both home and work life will be sorely missed by his wife Jacqueline, sons Tom and Mick and daughters Jo and Sophie.

A 45-year-old man was also treated for minor injuries and was taken to Berwick Hospital.

The 20-year-old driver of the tractor did not require hospital treatment.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 895 Andy Ivison or Sergeant 1204 Jo Walker of the Northern roads policing unit.


Five injured in Dumfries crash

The two cars were badly damaged Credit: Drew Geddes

Five people were injured last night (9th July) after two cars were involved in a head on collision on the A711 Dalbeattie to Dumfries road.

The cars crashed in the Long Wood areas, about three miles west of Dumfries.

One person was left with serious injuries and was air lifted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The badly damaged cars Credit: Drew Geddes

The other four people were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, and the road remained closed for several hours.

Police Scotland are appealing for any witnesses with information to contact them on 101.

The air ambulance leaving the scene Credit: Drew Geddes
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