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Inquest rules Teesside University student's death was accidental

A coroner in Cumbria has returned a verdict of accidental death on Teesside University student Matthew Jordan.

The 20-year-old's body was found almost three weeks after falling into a beck leading into Windermere last year.

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV News

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

Matthew had been visiting Bowness with friends in March 2014 when he became separated from them.

Murder charge over Tyneside man's death in the Lake District

Gordon Smith, who was found dead at Windermere Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been charged in connection with the death of Gordon Smith from Newcastle, whose body was found outside a property at Windermere on 1 July.

26 year old Mark Russell of Holly Terrace in Windermere has been charged with murder, and remanded in police custody.

He will appear in court on Monday.

Three other people have been bailed; a 48 year old woman and a 15 year old girl - both from Kent - and a 31 year old from Millom in Cumbria.


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10-year-old rescued after 50 metre mountain fall

Members of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Credit: Chris Gaskarth

A 10 year old boy is recovering in hospital after falling 50 metres down a snow-covered mountain.

The young boy from Preston was climbing down Swirral Edge ridge on Helvellyn in the Lake District with his father when he slipped on a steep slope.

Members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to the scene.

A doctor and paramedic were then taken to the ridge by air ambulance, where they treated the boy.

He is said to be recovering well in the RVI hospital in Newcastle.

The young boy was winched to safety Credit: Chris Gaskarth


Boy in recovery after cliff fall

A 12 year old boy is recovering at Newcastle's RVI after falling from a cliff in the Lake District.

He was walking with his father and friends when he fell 200ft, sustaining serious head injuries.

The boy is from Buckinghamshire - he was airlifted to hospital by a Sea King helicopter and is in a stable condition. His fall comes a month after two walkers died on the same climb in separate incidents.

Tributes paid to suspected poisoning victim

Tributes are tonight being paid to Chris Bainbridge, who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning during a camping holiday in the Lake District.

His wife, Jane, is still seriously ill at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The couple, from Darlington, had been staying in a wooden cabin at the Quiet Site Caravan Park in Watermillock at Ullswater when they were found.

Chris Sivers, from Darlington Borough Council said: "Just a really nice chap. Obviously as an employer is concerned he was a really good guy.

"Did a good job at work. He was a Management Information Officer so he did a lot of detailed work, returns to Government, that sort of thing. And just a really nice guy. Had a lot of friends in the office, he had a lot of friends throughout the council, and he'll be sorely missed."

Our correspondent Dan Ashby sent this report.

Statement from friend and colleague of Chris Bainbridge:

I first met Chris Bainbridge when I started on the YTS scheme at

Darlington Borough mainly through social activities such as playing pool on

a lunch time.

I then joined the General Rates section in 1986 and began working with

Chris – little did I think I would still be working with him 25 years later.

Chris suggested one day that I should go out for a drink one Saturday night

with his group of friends – after some arm twisting I eventually did go out

and was introduced to a group of people who are still all very close


It did occur to me today that everyone I call a friend outsidework, I met through Chris.

Chris always enjoyed playing 5-a-side football until age got the better ofhim and was a regular turn out for the Community Charge team as well asrepresenting NALGO.

Chris also organised a weekly football sweep with a ‘bottle’ draw at theend of the year.

Chris was a good colleague to many people who have passed through the Local Taxation Office over the last 20 or so years but more importantly a goodfriend to all of us.

Over the last couple of days people have reminded me of times together all

of which I will never forget.

Chris will be dearly missed by everyone who new him. Our thoughts are withJane and Chris’s family.

– Philip Brown, Darlington Borough Council