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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Extra police patrols on Cumbria roads after four people killed in crashes

EXTRA police patrols are targeting Cumbria roads over the Easter weekend after four people were killed in crashes.

The force is targeting motorcyclists, after three were killed in just hours of one another on March 30. An 85-year-old car driver, also died.

Sergeant Jo Fawcett said they were expecting “a large influx” of motorcyclists to the county this weekend, particularly with the good weather forecast.

Operation Focus will see extra patrols, both covert and high visibility, targeting key motorbike routes, together with officers from North Yorkshire and Lancashire.

A force spokesman said “significant” numbers of bikers were killed and injured in Cumbria every year.

Sgt Fawcett said; “We are looking forward to welcoming people to the Lake District but would rather not be meeting them at the scene of a collision.”

The bikers killed last month included Iain David Prestwich, 49, from Blencogo, near Wigton, who died in a double fatal accident on the A66 at Embleton, near Cockermouth. His black Yamaha motorbike was in collision with a blue Hyundai i10 car at around 1pm driven by William Bell, 85, of Great Broughton, near Cockermouth.

On the A595 Whycham Valley, near Millom, a crash involving a car and a motorcycle, saw biker Michael Iveson, 66, of School Terrace, Lindal, killed.

Motorcyclist Ian Alan Broughton, aged 52, from Horwich, near Bolton, died as a result of the collision. He died near Sedbergh after colliding with a Volkswagen Tiguan.

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