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Police name man found dead in River Kent

The car was found the following day. Credit: ITV Border

Police have identified the body that was found in the River Kent yesterday as Charles Maurice Mercer, aged 86, of Cartmel, Grange Over Sands.

At approximately 3.45pm on Monday 9th November, on Aynam Road in Kendal, his green Suzuki Jimny left the road, mounted the kerb and collided through barriers into the River Kent.

The river was swollen and fast flowing following heavy rainfall and his vehicle was swept downstream.

The vehicle was submerged and despite an extensive multi-agency search, Mr Mercer and his vehicle could not be located that night.

His vehicle was sighted downstream in the river the next morning, off Natland Road, and the body of Mr Mercer was discovered a short time later a further distance downstream, near Scrogg’s Wood.

Body of local man in his 80s found in River Kent

The roof of a car submerged in the River Kent Credit: ITV Border

A body has been found by police and fire and rescue crews searching for a man believed to have crashed into the river Kent in Kendal.

Cumbria police was called to Aynam Road just before 4pm yesterday after reports an elderly gentleman had been seen trying to get out of his car as it floated down the river.

A runner described seeing a "well dressed elderly man" trying to get out of his car as it was swept downstream. It is believed he managed to get out of the car but told witnesses he couldn't hang on any longer.

The man's car was found as the river level dropped this morning and then a member of the public reported seeing a body entangled in tree branches near Scroggs Wood in Helsington, around a mile further south.

He has been identified as a local man in his 80s. Next of kin have been informed but his identity has not been released. He is not from Kendal.

Police divers are now working to recover the vehicle and investigate how the car left the road.


Search for driver continues along Kent river

The top of the car was visible in the River Kent yesterday Credit: ITV Border

Police are continuing to make enquiries to locate and identify the driver of the vehicle that entered the River Kent yesterday afternoon.

Officers are searching the river this morning and are being supported by the Coastguard, Fire Service, and the North West Underwater Search team.

A vehicle has been sighted in the river this morning but the river levels are still high. Police are urging members of the public not to go to the scene and not to take part in any search of the river bank due to the extreme dangers.

The incident has also led to some traffic disruption in the area and in the town centre.

Emergency services search River Kent for missing man

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Emergency services have launched a major search operation on Kendal's River Kent after a man and his car were reported to be in the water.

Police, firefighters, ambulance crew and mountain rescue team members are currently scouring the river bank for the man who remains unaccounted for.

Police were alerted to the incident and called to Aynam Road in Kendal shortly before 4pm.

Emergency services called to reports of car in River Kent

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Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident at the River Kent in Kendal.

Police were called at 3:50pm to Aynam Road following reports a car had left the road and ended up in the river.

Emergency services are working to establish if anyone is in the water.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Any witnesses are asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and quote log number 117.


Great North Air Ambulance called to near-fatal motorcycle collison

The GNAA was called to the M6 just south of Tebay. Credit: GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has released details the M6 crash its team was called to yesterday.

It responded to a motorcycle collision in which a 59-year old woman suffered life-threatening injuries.

The GNAAS arrived on the scene at 12.30pm, where they provided emergency treatment before flying the patient to the Royal Preston Hospital.

The woman was described as 'critical' on arrival.

Roads reopen after Carlisle fire

The area was cordoned off this morning but has now reopened Credit: ITV Border

Newton Road, and the surrounding area, has reopened following a fire this morning.

Dozens of homes and offices were evacuated from the area, which was cordoned off, following fears that gas cylinders at the scene might explode.

However an expert has now deemed the streets involved to be safe, and all restrictions have been lifted.

Carlisle fire: 'Everybody's been moved off the street'

Dozens of homes and offices have been evacuated from the area surrounding a fire in Carlisle.

Properties on Newton Road, including a nursery, were evacuated following fears that gas cylinders might explode.

Police have put a 200 metre cordon around the building, and the exclusion zone will remain in place until experts check that the acetylene cylinders there are safe.

Crèche evacuated from scene of 'hazardous' fire

Firefighters at the scene working to extinguish the blaze Credit: ITV Border

Crews at the scene of the fire at Newton Road in Carlisle have described the situation as 'hazardous".

They say the 200m exclusion zone currently set up will remain in place until experts check that the acetylene cylinders there are safe. If overheated, they warn the cylinders could be like a "bomb going off".

A nearby nursery has been evacuated, alongside other neighbours, in attempt to get people a safe distance away from the building while firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.

It's a busy place with a number of businesses in close proximity. When acetylene is involved in a fire we need to put a 200m cordon in place so it was a busy workload for the two pumps who arrived first.

"Acetylene cylinders can be like a bomb going off if they are overheated so they are a dangerous projectile.

"It's been very hazardous. Lots of people, a crèche to evacuate and it's that window of opportunity to get people out quickly while we're extinguishing the fire."

– Bruce Wilson, Watch manager from Cumbria Fire & Rescue
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