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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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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.

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