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Hospital bosses 'saddened' by York woman's death

Sharon Grierson. Credit: Family photo

Police are continuing their investigations into the death of a woman from York in a Cumbrian hospital.

Officers were called in by the coroner after 44-year-old Sharon Grierson died at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle last Monday.

A spokesman for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said they were saddened by her death but add that it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of a 44-year-old patient and we wish to express our sympathy to the patient’s family.

"We cannot comment further about the circumstances surrounding the patient’s death due to the current police investigation."



Missing Middlesbrough man had planned Carlisle trip

Police are appealing for information to trace a missing 34-year-old man who left his home on Marton Road, Middlesbrough on December 12. He did not return.

Lee Patterson was planning to travel to Carlisle where he has links and police have a sighting of him on a train leaving Middlesbrough at around 7.30am on Friday. As well as Cumbria, Lee also has connections with the Tyneside and Durham areas.

Lee is white, 6’ tall and of large build. He has a fair, clean shaven complexion, blue/green eyes and short dark brown hair. Police say there will be no photograph released.

Train assault: Do you know these people?

These people were on a train between Newcastle and Carlisle Credit: British Transport Police

Do you know these travellers? That is the question being posed by officers from British Transport Police investigating an outbreak of anti-social behaviour on a rail service between Newcastle and Carlisle, which culminated in the train guard being assaulted. The incidents happened at about 8.40pm on Saturday, 5 July, on board a Northern Rail service between Newcastle and Carlisle.

“Two groups of men boarded the 7.25pm train at Newcastle. One group was particularly argumentative and was clearly trying to goad the other. The aggressive group were spoken to a number of times during the journey and were asked to calm down. When the train reached Brampton, at about 8.40pm the train manager asked the rowdy men to leave the train as he believed they were becoming too aggressive. Two of the men tried to get back onto the train and, when the train manager stopped them doing so, one of the men kicked him to the groin.”

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

British Transport Police have isolated a number of CCTV images featuring men they believe will have information about what happened.

“The train guard was carrying out his duties in the proper manner and was trying to protect other passengers by asking the men to leave the train. No-one should be subjected to abusive behaviour or violence and train staff should expect to be able to work in a safe environment. What happened on Saturday, 5 July, was completely unacceptable and I am determined to trace those responsible.

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

In a separate incident, at Newcastle prior to the men boarding the train, two groups of people were involved in a fight at Central Station.

“We believe the people captured on CCTV in relation to the incidents on-board the train will have information about the fight at Newcastle too and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this early incident.”

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Body identified as missing man

Allan Atkinson went missing earlier this month.

Police in Cumbria have confirmed that a body discovered yesterday has been formally identified as missing Carlisle man Allan Atkinson.

The 60-year-old's body was found in the water at Warwick Bridge, Carlisle. He was last seen on Cumwhinton Road on Tuesday 7th January.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

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