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One dead, one injured in Cumbrian bike crash

A 47-year-old man has died in one of a number of motorcycle accidents this weekend after his bike collided with a tractor on the A683 in Cumbria.

Family pay tribute to bike crash victim

Michael Bates Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a 47-year-old man who was killed in a motorbike accident on Sunday (14th July) have paid tribute to him.

Michael Bates, from Kelso, was involved in a collision with another motorcycle and a tractor, on the A683 outside of the Fat Lamb hotel in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.

Mr Bates was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough by air ambulance, but died of his injuries.

The family of Michael Bates said:

"It is with great sadness that Michael has so tragically been taken from us.

"A keen motorcyclist for several years with a zest for life. Michael who loved both home and work life will be sorely missed by his wife Jacqueline, sons Tom and Mick and daughters Jo and Sophie.

A 45-year-old man was also treated for minor injuries and was taken to Berwick Hospital.

The 20-year-old driver of the tractor did not require hospital treatment.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 895 Andy Ivison or Sergeant 1204 Jo Walker of the Northern roads policing unit.

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