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Police statement following Matthew Jordan inquest verdict

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Matthew Jordan. Today’s inquest found that Matthew’s death was accidental following immersion in cold water. When Matthew was reported missing, Cumbria Constabulary launched an extensive search for him calling on a number of resources. Sadly Matthew was found in Lake Windermere by a Police search boat team on the 15th April 2014, 19 days after he was first reported missing. The investigation team conducted extensive enquiries trying to ascertain what happened to Matthew after he had left the Staggs Hotel in Bowness during the early hours of 27th March 2014. Police enquiries led to no believed suspicious circumstances in regards to Matthew’s death. I would like to thank once again the specialist teams both within the Police and other agencies, the local community and those that travelled from the North East of England to assist the police and Matthew’s family and friends during the search. It was evident that people got involved because they wanted to help the family find Matthew.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Furzana Nazir

Coroner's verdict: accidental death

A coroner in south Cumbria has recorded a verdict of accidental death on student Matthew Jordan.

The 20-year-old died after falling into a beck leading into Windermere last year.

He was trying to walk back to his bed and breakfast accommodation after he'd been out drinking.

He'd been visiting Bowness with friends in March 2014 when he became separated from them.

His body was later found in the lake almost three weeks later. Fiona Marley Patterson has been at the inquest.


Inquest into Windermere death continues

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV Border

The inquest into the death of Teeside University student Matthew Jordan in Windermere continues.

The criminology student had been visiting Bowness-on-Windermere with three friends when he became separated from them on a night out.

It sparked Cumbria's largest search for many years, with hundreds of local people helping police search the surrounding area but ultimately police honed their search on the bed of the lake, where his body was found.

The inquest into his death has been adjourned after the family's lawyer argued there were too many unanswered questions relating to how Matthew ended up in the lake. They will be hoping for some of those answers today.

Matthew Jordan inquest resumes

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV Border

An inquest into the death of student Matthew Jordan whose body was found in Lake Windermere 20 days after he went missing on a night out with friends is due to resume in Kendal today.

The inquest began in October but was halted when the family's barrister said there were too many gaps regarding his last known whereabouts.

WATCH: Windermere woman's campaign for drug trial

Ruth Adorian has Motor Neurone Disease. Despite her condition she is director of the charitable organisation 'The Association for the Independence of the Disabled'.

Along with her husband Paul she is campaigning to raise £450,000 to fund a clinical drug trial.

Fiona Marley Paterson has this report


More information about Motor Neurone Disease

Ruth Adorian has Motor Neurone Disease Credit: ITV Border

Ruth Adorian from Windemere has Motor Neurone Disease.

Along with her husband Paul, Ruth has set up the Association for the Independence of Disabled People charity to support people living with the rare condition.

For more information, click here to visit the website.

Motor neurone disease is when specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord fail to function correctly.

Motor neurones control important muscle activity, such as:

  • gripping
  • walking
  • speaking
  • swallowing
  • breathing

People with the rare condition will find some or all of these activities increasingly difficult.

More information about the disease can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Further advice and support can be found at the following webpages:

Campaign to raise almost £450,000 for a drug trial

Ruth Adorian has Motor Neurone Disease Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Windermere who has Motor Neurone Disease hopes to raise almost half a million pounds for a clinical drug's trial.

Ruth Adorian and her husband, hope the drug Liraglutide will help those with the muscle wasting condition and are supporting research at Lancaster University.

The drug is currently used to treat diabetes but it is thought that it could also help ease the symptoms of Motor Neurone Disease.

Ruth and her husband Paul have already raised £100,00 but they're hoping to raise £450,000 in total in order for the drug's trial to go ahead.

Despite her condition, Ruth is a director of a number of companies and along with her husband Paul she set up a charity - the Association for the Independence of the Disabled.

The organisation was launched to provide a focus for the needs of the ever-increasing number of disabled people who still, all too often, have difficulties in accessing even the most basic facilities in the course of their lives, particularly where severe disability is concerned.

Police name Windermere murder victim

Cumbria Police Credit: PA

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.

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