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Man escapes jail after Windermere generator deaths

Kelly Webster and her 10-year-old daughter Lauren Thornton.

A man has been sentenced for the manslaughter of his partner and her daughter.

Kelly Webster and 10-year-old Lauren Thornton died from carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat moored on Lake Windermere in 2013.

Matthew Eteson, a gas fitter from Hale, had installed a faulty generator on the motor cruiser.

He was sentenced to two years, suspended for two years, at Preston Crown Court.

Man charged with Windermere murder

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A man has been charged in connection with the death of Gordon James Smith.

Mark Russell, aged 26, of Holly Terrace, Windermere, has been charged with murder and has been remanded in police custody. He is due to appear at Furness & District Magistrates Court on Monday 6th July.

Two females, aged 48 and 15, both from Kent have been bailed until 10th July and a 31 year old man from Millom has been bailed until 17th July.

Gordon James Smith was found dead outside the Brookside hotel in Lake Road, Windermere, at 2.04am on Wednesday.

I would like to reassure the people of Windermere and the wider community that enquiries are continuing.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their assistance. Anyone with any further information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101

– Superintendent Rob O’Connor


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Fifty staff and customers in hotel when fire started

Large parts of the roof at the back of the hotel have caved in. Credit: ITV

Around fifty staff and customers escaped unhurt from a hotel in the Lake District after a major fire started at the back of the building.

Parts of the The Queen's Head Hotel at Troutbeck have been completely destroyed after it was engulfed by flames last night.

People who were due to stay at the venue have been found alternative accommodation.

Firefighters saved what mementos they could from the hotel blaze. Credit: ITV
Customers fled the beer garden as the fire took hold. Credit: ITV

New Jetty for Tourists in Lakes

New Windermere Jetty

Tourists have a new attraction in Windermere. It's a floating jetty that's been towed up the length of the lake to its new home at Bark Barn on the eastern shore. It's been paid for by the Go Lakes Tourism board in the hope it'll bring more tourists to the quieter side of the lake.


Windermere geese population under spotlight

You may remember the row last year over proposals to cull two hundred Canada Geese on Windermere.

It was postponed and now the two sides are working together on a plan to manage the problem.

The RSPCA who were opposed to killing the birds and Rangers from the national park have joined forces.

This week, hundreds of the geese were ringed in an attempt to track their movements.

Samantha Parker reports.

Fumes killed mother and daughter on Windermere boat

A mother and her 10-year-old daughter died after being poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes as they slept on a moored boat on Lake Windermere, according to the initial findings of a marine accident investigation.

Lauren Thornton and her mother Kelly Webster, 36, died after being poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes as they slept. Credit: Cumbria Police

Exhaust fumes from a generator, whose improvised exhaust and silencer system had become detached, had spread into the cabin where Kelly Webster, 36, and daughter Lauren Thornton were asleep.

A full MAIB report into the incident will follow later.

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