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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Contact between Millom dad before his death and police examined

CONTACT between police and a young dad who was found dead last week will be investigated by an independent regulator.

Cumbria Constabulary referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following the death of 26-year-old Michael Hewson, of School Terrace in Millom.

Mr Hewson’s body was found at his home on Friday. He is believed to have died from an overdose.

John Fretter, 25, and Ian Robert Fullard, 52, have both been charged with alleged offences involving Mr Hewson as part of a police investigation into the matter.

Cumbria police have confirmed that Mr Hewson had made contact with them prior to his death.

A spokesperson said the force had voluntarily referred itself to the IPCC as is “standard procedure” when there is contact between deceased individuals and the police up to 72 hours before their death.

Fretter, of Newton Terrace, Millom, pleaded not guilty to two charges of making threats to kill, one charge of harassment, one charge of criminal damage and one charge of witness intimidation against Mr Hewson at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He will appear at Preston Crown Court on August 1 for a plea and case management hearing.

Fullard, of Lord Street, Millom, will appear at FMC on Tuesday May 27 charged with assault and perverting the course of justice.

Mr Hewson, known to many as “Spud”, grew up in Dalton before moving to Millom and worked at Kimberley-Clark in Barrow.

He was engaged to his partner Sharon Miller and had a one-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

His dad Peter Hewson said: “Michael was loved immensely by all his family, and will leave a huge hole in all our lives, but will live forever in our hearts.

“We appreciate all the messages that have been received at our loss of Michael and take great comfort from them.”

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