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Delays expected during Longtown funeral

The funeral is for 10-year-old 'Mikey' Wolfe. Credit: ITV Border

Police are warning motorists to expect delays in the Longtown area today, during a funeral procession in the town.

It takes place between 12pm and 12:30pm from Esk Street to Arthuret Church.

The funeral is for Michael Wolfe, 10, who died after a collision with a tractor in the town on August 10.

WATCH: Tributes to tractor death victim, 10

Cumbria Police have released the name of a ten-year-old boy who died after being hit by a tractor. Michael Wolfe, who was known as Mikey, died at the scene of the crash on the main road through Longtown yesterday.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the crash, but today Mikey's family have paid tribute to a boy they say will be missed by everyone who knew him. Hannah McNulty reports.

Specially trained officers support the family

Collision Investigation Unit at the scene Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police say specially trained officers are supporting the family of a ten year old boy who died after being struck by a tractor.

The collision happened on High Street in Longtown, near Carlisle, just before 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

The tractor was being driven by a 58 year old man from the Carlisle area. Police are asking witnesses to contact them.

Scene of the collision Credit: ITV Border

Boy dies after being struck by tractor in Longtown

A ten-year-old boy has died after being hit by a tractor in Longtown. Credit: ITV Border

A ten-year-old boy has died after being hit by a tractor in Longtown.

Police were called to the collision at around 3:50pm on Monday.

A 58-year-old man from the Carlisle area was driving the tractor and police are appealing for witnesses.

The A7, between the A6071 junction and Longtown Bridge was closed due to the incident and re-opened around 8:30pm.

The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for the North Roads Policing Unit.


Life buoy plea after River Esk death

The life buoy has been replaced. Credit: ITV Border

A Parish Council in Cumbria is pleading with people not to tamper with life saving equipment at the side of the River Esk in Longtown.

Vandals had removed this life buoy and damaged the casing near the site where a man was swept away to his death last Tuesday.

The equipment was replaced at the weekend but the local council says it has an ongoing problem with vandals.

We're going to hold a meeting soon to try and discuss what we're going to do moving forwards - are we going to replace the whole lot for better equipment?

That remains to be seen.

But in the meantime, please leave these alone, they're there for a reason, and you don't want anything on your conscience, nobody does, and so that's the message - don't tamper with them."

– Gordon Routledge, Arthuret Parish Council

'He was the real hero': firefighter praises father who died after river rescue

Geoff Maxwell Credit: ITV Border

The firefighter who saved a young girl from the River Esk has paid tribute to her father, whose body was later found in the river.

Geoff Maxwell, a retained firefighter, described the moment he heard screams, and realised a family at the riverside were in trouble:

I heard a lot of screaming and at first I thought it was just the kids playing, splashing around.

But then the mother appeared and shouted for help, so I ran down, dived in and dragged the girl out."

– Geoff Maxwell

He says the girl's father must have kept her alive for at least five minutes before he arrived, and should be celebrated as a hero.

That father had been in the water for at least five minutes, keeping that child afloat.

So he's the hero in all of this - he kept that girl alive - I just jumped in and finished it off.

It was a real tragedy this."

– Geoff Maxwell

Watch the interview with Geoff:

Firefighter who rescued girl from River Esk speaks out

The empty life buoy. Credit: ITV Border

The retained firefighter who rescued a young girl from the River Esk says her father could also have been saved - if a floatation device at the side of the river hadn't been missing.

Geoff Maxwell had been working on the house next to the river, in Longtown, when he rescued the young girl:

There had been a flotation device at the side of the water but it had gone so somebody had either pinched it or thrown it into the water.

It was gone.

They're there for a purpose and it could have perhaps saved a life if it had been there."

– Geoff Maxwell
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