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Police appeal for witnesses to arson attack in Cumbria

Cumbria Police are asking for people with information to get in touch Credit: PA

Cumbria Police are asking for people with information about an arson attack at Kirkby Lonsdale to get in touch.

They say the suspect is believed to have used a torch lighter fluid to start a fire behind the victim's back door.

The attack happened at a house at Lunefield Garde over the May Day bank holiday weekend. A number of garden chairs and pots were damaged.

Anyone can contact the police by emailing, by telephoning 101 and asking to speak to PC 2339 Katherine or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Pedestrian dies after collision with car and van

John Bell. Credit: Lancashire Police

A pedestrian has died after he was involved in a collision with a car, and then a van, in Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

They say at around 7:50pm on Saturday 12 March a blue Volvo XC60 was travelling south east along the A65 when it collided with John Bell, 58, from Carnforth, who was walking along an unlit section.

A short time later, a white Mercedes Sprinter van which was travelling in the same direction also collided with the pedestrian and failed to stop at the scene.

John Bell was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have paid tribute to a much loved brother and uncle: "John lived in Leck all his life. After leaving school he worked at Clapham Agricultural and subsequently C. Haytons in Kendal for over 25 years."

"John was a well known character in the area, particularly in the farming community. He was a much loved brother and uncle who will be sadly missed.”

The van was later traced in Bradford and two men are helping officers with their enquiries.

This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the sad loss of a man’s life and an investigation has been launched to establish the exact circumstances of the collision.

If anyone witnessed what happened or has any information that could assist with our on-going enquiries I would urge them to contact us.”

– PS Rob Gomery from Lancashire Police Road Policing Unit

Increasing concern for man missing in Cumbria

Police are increasingly concerned. Credit: ITV Border

Police are increasingly concerned about the welfare of a man who is missing, and believed to have been spotted in Cumbria.

Michael Graeme Watson, 41, has not been seen since 3pm on Monday 7 September when he left his work at the Mercedes-Benz garage in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

It's believed he may be in the Gargrave area, but his black Mercedes-Benz C-Class car, registration number YG63 KSJ, has also been spotted in the Kirby Lonsdale area.

He's described as white, 5ft 11in tall, of medium build, and has green eyes and wears glasses.

He was last seen wearing a plain white dress shirt, black trousers, Chelsea boots and a Mercedes-branded, dark-coloured outer coat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.


Cemetery death investigation continues

The cemetery on Vicarage Lane. Credit: ITV Border

Police are continuing to investigate, after a body was found at a cemetery in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The graveyard, on Vicarage Lane, has been closed, and police are asking the public to stay away from the area.

The cemetery is closed to the public. Credit: ITV Border

The body was found by a member of the public at around 8:20am this morning (6 July).

Police do not believe the death to be suspicious at this time.

Cemetery death 'not believed to be suspicious'

Cumbria Police Credit: PA

A man's body has been found in a cemetery in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The body was found on 6 July at around 8:20am, by a member of the public, at the cemetery on Vicarage Lane.

Police do not believe the death is suspicious at this time, but are conducting enquiries and have closed the cemetery.

They are asking members of the public to keep away from the area.

Parking meters vandalised in Kirkby Lonsdale

Parking meter vandalised in Market Square Credit: ITV News Border

Parking meters in Kirkby Lonsdale have been vandalised.

Expanding foam has been sprayed into the coin slots, rendering parking meters at New Road, Booths and Market Square out of order.

Foam has been sprayed into the parking meter coin slot Credit: ITV News Border

South Lakeland District Council's Engineers are repairing the machines today, after which it will be known what the cost to the council tax payer is.

Cumbria Police are investigating the criminal damage and are appealing for information.

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