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Police name Windermere murder victim

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Cumbria Police have named a man found dead in Windermere, on 1 July.

Gordon James Smith, 44, of Church Street, was found in Brookside, Lake Road, in the early hours of the morning, and pronounced dead at the scene.

The police have now launched a murder investigation, and have arrested four people:

  • Two local men aged 26 and 31
  • Two women aged 48 and 15, who were visiting Windermere

They are all still being questioned by police.


Police launch murder investigation into Windermere death

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Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of a man in Windermere today.

Two local men, aged 26 and 31, and two women who were visiting the Lake District, aged 48 and 15, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

They are currently being questioned by Police.

Officers were called at 2.04am this morning to Brookside, Lake Road.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

This death is still unexplained but detectives and officers are working hard to establish exactly what has happened.

“We urge the public to get in touch with any information that may assist the investigation.

"We would particularly like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or who heard an altercation.”

– Superintendent Rob O’Connor

The area around the scene is closed while enquiries are ongoing.

Four arrested in connection with Windermere death

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Four people have been arrested in connection with an unexplained death on Brookside, Lake Road in Windermere in the early hours of this morning.

They are currently being questioned by police.

Officers were called at 2.04am to reports of concern for the welfare of a man, who was then pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives and officers are conducting enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

Anyone with information, particularly anyone who was in the area at the time or who heard an altercation, should contact Police on 101 and ask to speak to Kendal CID.

'It's a great opportunity for us'

South Windermere Sailing Club has voiced its support for the National Trust's plan to develop Fell Foot Park with a £1million water sports centre.

Residents have criticised the Trust's project as they are worried the proposed "glamping pods" in the trees could create noise, and that moving the entrance would bring large volumes of traffic closer to people's homes.

But Mark Fearnley says the plans are very exciting as they give local sports clubs like his a future.


Residents say new Fell Foot Entrance is 'unfair'

The National Trust has asked for planning permission to spend £1million redeveloping its southern Windermere site, Fell Foot Park.

The plans include building a water sports centre for use by local clubs such as South Windermere Sailing Club and Lakeland Rowing Club, moving its tea room higher up the site away from the flood line, installing 18 glamping pods for posh camping and moving its main entrance.

But the plans have received 17 letters of objection so far from local residents who say the plans are 'unfair'.

They are concerned about increased noise and traffic. Marion Taylor is a resident in Staveley-in-Cartmel:

But the National Trust says moving the entrance will be safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians entering and exiting the site. Georgie Lofthouse is the National Trust's Fell Foot Park Manager:

Swimmer dies on Windermere

A man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Windermere yesterday.

The 32-year old man had been visiting the area with his family and swam at Jenkins Head at Water Beach near Ambleside.

He was treated by medics at the scene before being transferred by air ambulance to Cumberland Infirmary Hospital in Carlisle, where he died a short time later.

Cumbria Police are not treating his death as suspicious however, officers would like members of the public who may have witnessed the incident to get in touch.

Police are warning members of the public to take extra care when swimming in open water and to be vigilant of others especially in warmer weather as water temperatures can be very low.

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