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Borders bike crash victim named

The motorcyclist who died in a collision near Selkirk on Sunday (14th July) has been named as John Southern, from Blyth, Northumberland.

The 60-year-old was riding his Triumph Tiger when he was involved in a collision with a Seat Leon car on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road, near to Lindean, at around 4.30pm.

Mr Southern was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by air ambulance but later died.

The three people in the Seat Leon were taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

"Mr Southern was travelling in a large group of motorbikes on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road when the collision happened.

"An investigation is underway in order to establish the circumstances, and we are appealing to any witnesses to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland


Coniston Water victim named

Police have named the 21-year-old man who died after getting into difficulty in Coniston Water at the weekend.He was Matthew Oliver Joseph of Harold Hill in Essex.

He was rescued by members of the public after they spotted him in distress in the water.An air ambulance then took him to the Royal Preston Hospital, but medics couldn't save him.

Family pays tribute to A595 crash victim

Iain Bell Credit: Cumbria Police

The driver who was killed in a road collision on the A595 yesterday (3rd June), has been named as 40-year-old Iain Bell from Haltwhistle.

The collision involved a lorry driven by a 52-year-old man from Hartlepool and a Toyota Landcruiser driven by Mr Bell.

Mr Bell’s family have paid tribute to a "gentle giant":

“Iain was a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, dad and granddad. He loved to tinker on his old wrecks which he called his pride and joys along with his three grandsons.

“Iain attended Cockermouth High School and later went on to become an electrical engineer undertaking his training at Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant.

"To most he was known as 'Big Iain' or the 'Gentle Giant', he was well liked and respected at Sellafield, where he worked as a construction manager and previously at Chapple Cross."

His wife Linda added:

"On Monday part of me died with him and life will never be the same again for me, our family and anyone else who knew him.”

Cumbria Police is asking any witnesses to contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Nobody has been arrested and the police are continuing with their investigation.


Man "smothered woman to death" at Cumbrian home

Police tape Credit: PA

A man smothered his mother to death after he claimed she repeatedly told him to kill her, a court heard today.

Robert Archbold, 49, said he got into a row with retired vet Jane Archbold, 77, at their home in Ambleside, Cumbria, and put his hand over her mouth "to shut her up".

He then dragged her body to her bedroom "to make it look like she got herself to bed and pegged it", a jury at Preston Crown Court was told.

Archbold, known to family and friends as Adam, admits unlawful killing but denies murder.

However, the Crown say Mrs Archbold died from a combination of smothering and strangulation, and that the attack took place in the bedroom.

Mark Kellet, prosecuting, said Archbold had been an alcoholic for some years and lived next to his mother at Old Farm Cottage, in Outgate, in a caravan in an adjacent barn.

His excessive daily drinking led to his mother to arrange a hospital appointment to help address his problem and he was due to attend a first therapy session on 22nd August last year.

On the day before he started drinking heavily again and later in the afternoon went off for a bike ride, the prosecutor said.

He returned hours later covered in cuts and marks to his forehead and arms after he had apparently fallen off the bike.

His girlfriend, Emma Wright, said Archbold went to use the toilet at his mother's home at about 9pm and returned some 40 minutes later to tell her his mother was asleep.

Miss Wright went to the house herself and found Mrs Archbold lying on the bed with bruises to the face and head, and her naked body partially covered by a blanket.

Police and paramedics were called to the property but Mrs Archbold was pronounced dead at the scene.

Archbold was arrested in nearby woodland about three hours after the killing.

Family pay tribute to a "much loved son"

Deividas Sereika Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of Deividas Sereika, who died after falling from a hospital window, have paid tribute to a "much loved son."

The 40-year-old died on Wednesday night (8th May) after falling from a second floor window of the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Mr Sereika's mother, Irena Svetikiene, said:

“Deividas was my only son who was devoted and much loved. He was a kind and gentle man. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.”

Police continue investigation into hospital fall death

Police are continuing with their investigations into the death of a patient who fell from a second floor window at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

40-year-old Deividas Sereika, from Edinburgh Road in Maryport, died on Wednesday night (8th May).

The Health and Safety Executive are working with the police to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

Hawick Rector pays tribute to former pupil

Tributes have been paid to a man who died after being shot in the leg on a Borders Farm. Adam Hepburn from Hawick died from his injuries in the early hours of yesterday, May 8.

Adam loved playing rugby and taking part in the local common riding festivals.

He was a former pupil of Hawick High School. Alan Williamson, Rector at the school, has paid tribute to him.

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