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Verdict rules fireworks deaths were accidental

The jury in the fireworks inquest returned conclusions that the two deaths were accidental.

They ruled that the explosion rendered both victims unable to exit the store as fire consumed the outbuilding and resulted in a fatal level of carbon monoxide.

Andrew Coates, 41, and Polly Connor, 46, died following the explosion while preparing fireworks for a wedding at Ecclerigg near Windermere in August 2014.

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Fireworks inquest witness heard ten bangs 'and then all hell broke loose'

Witness, John Simpson, owns the property and grounds where two bodies were found near firework storage at his home wedding reception.

John Simpson said he'd asked his partner of small hobby business, Stardust Fireworks, to prepare a low noise display for the end of his wedding.

Shortly after walking past the fireworks store with his photographer, around 10 fireworks 'pinged' off followed by a loud bang and then he said "all hell broke loose".

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The inquest continues.

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Big turnout for Windermere Jingle Jog

More than 100 joggers have been taking part in the Windermere Jingle Jog.

The new event sees people dressed in festive clothing running, jogging and walking on the shores of Windermere.

The run started at Cockshott Point in Bowness-on-Windermere and raised about £1,000 for local charities.

"Let's paint the town red, green and white and kick off the festive season by getting the whole family dressed up as Santa's, Elves, Reindeer, Christmas Puddings, Snowmen, Fairies - or anything Christmassy - and Walk, Jog or Run around a flat and scenic course in Bowness on Windermere!

"It's the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and a fun event for all the family to enjoy, and to raise money for worthwhile local charities."

– l Lion Chris Burstow, Event Organiser

Windermere improvement works to begin next year

Windermere. Credit: ITV Border

Work on a £300,000 scheme to improve the waterfront at Windermere is expected to begin early next year.

Councillors have approved a contract to carry out the improvements.

The plan is to widen the promenade at Waterhead, on the lake's northern shore, as well as resurfacing walkways, repairing walls and installing a ‘panorama’ board, to identify key Lakeland landmarks that can be seen from the shore.

The aim is for the work to be finished by Easter 2016, to minimise disruption to the tourism industry at one of its busiest times.

We are investing £280,000 and Lakes Parish Council is putting in at least £20,000 to make this a reality.

These plans have been shaped following steering group meetings and in partnership with key stakeholders, including the parish council, civic society, Cumbria Tourism, Lake District National Park, the two local district councillors and all the respondents to the consultation.

It is an excellent example of true partnership working and has resulted in a scheme that greatly improve a popular and much-loved Lake District location.’’

– Councillor Giles Archibald

Family 'extremely disappointed' after gas fitter spared jail

Kelly Webster and her daughter Lauren Thornton Credit: ITV Border

The family of a 36-year-old woman, and her ten-year-old daughter, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning, say they are "extremely disappointed" after a gas fitter was found criminally responsible for their deaths, but spared a prison sentence.

Kelly Webster, 36, and Lauren Thornton, 10, were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes after Mr Eteson, Kelly's partner, fitted a dodgy generator on board his boat.

In a statement released by Cumbria Police, the family said Mr Eteson "has never apologised nor shown any kind of remorse":

The family are extremely disappointed with the sentencing imposed in this case. It is completely disproportionate given that two lives have been lost. We have lived with the unbearable loss of Kelly and Lauren for over two and a half years. Eteson has never apologised nor shown any kind of remorse.

The family and friends request privacy at this difficult time.”

– Family statement
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