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Tiger Death inquest to begin today

An inquest into the death of a zoo keeper killed by a Sumatran tiger at a Cumbrian zoo is due to begin today.

Twenty four year old Sarah McClay was dragged into the animal's enclosure at the South Lakes Safari Zoo where she worked in May last year.

She later died in hospital of her injuries.

The week long hearing into the circumstances surrounding her death will be held at Kendal's County Hall.


Nurse gives evidence at inquest

A nurse has been giving evidence at the inquest into the death of 34-year-old plumber David Hagen.

Lyn Farrer was on duty on Mr Hagan's ward at the time. She said she had tried to stop Mr Hagan leaving by holding his arm but he had brushed her aside.

Ms Farrer said she then tried to contact the hospital security but was told there was no one on duty.

Another nurse tried to follow Mr Hagen but he left the hospital.

The police and the hospital's Crisis Team were informed and a description of him issued.

He died just a few hours later at Engine Lonning in Carlisle.

Ms Farrer told the inquest that there was no formal plan on the ward to deal with high risk patients who might abscond but that staff had now been retrained.

The inquest continues.

Second day of inquest to hear from widow

Day two of the inquest has resumed into the death of a Silloth man who managed to leave hospital despite previous suicide attempts.

34-year-old plumber David Hagen died on June 28th, 2010, in Carlisle shortly after he'd left The Cumberland Infirmary where he'd been admitted following an overdose.

So far this morning the inquest has heard from nurse Lyn Farrer who was on duty on Mr Hagan's ward at the time.

The inquest is due to hear from several other witnesses today including Mr Hagan's widow Abigail Hagan.


Mark Weir died from 'severe multiple injuries'

An inquest into the death of a Cumbrian businessman, who died in a helicopter crash, has heard that he could not have survived the accident.

Mark Weir, who owner the Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District, was killed while flying home in March 2011.

The pathologist's report said he died from severe multiple injuries.

The inquest has also been told that he had nearly crashed previously when the helicopter nose-dived in thick cloud on a trip to the North East but his skill had saved him and his partner.

Inquest into death of Cumbrian businessman Mark Weir

Mark Weir Credit: ITV News Border

A full inquest into the death of Cumbrian businessman Mark Weir has begun in Cleater Moor.

The 45-year-old entrepreneur, from Cockermouth, died in March 2011 after his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District.

A pathologist report says he died of severe multiple injuries in non-survivable helicopter crash.

'Lady in the Lake' killer inquest begins

An inquest into the death of a man who killed his wife and dumped her body in Coniston Water will begin later today.

Gordon Park was found hanged in his prison cell five years after being found guilty of murdering his wife Carol.

Mr Park was twice tried for the murder of his wife whose body was found by divers trussed up and weighted down in Coniston Water in 1997.

The inquest at Preston is expected to last four days.

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