Murder investigation launched after body found in Carlisle river

25 July 2020, 16:50

Cumbria Police were called at around 5.30am on Friday to a report of a body found in the River Caldew
Cumbria Police were called at around 5.30am on Friday to a report of a body found in the River Caldew. Picture: Google Street View

By Matt Drake

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found in a river in Carlisle.

Cumbria Police were called at around 5.30am on Friday to a report of a body found in the River Caldew in the Blackwell Hall area, near Cummersdale.

The body has been formally identified as Lee McKnight, 26, from Carlisle.

A man aged 25 and four women aged 25, 40, 46 and 47 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

Officers are looking for a Nissan pick-up truck.

Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery said: "We are requesting the assistance of the public as part of our murder investigation into the death of Lee McKnight.

"A murder investigation has been launched, with a major investigation team led by Detective Superintendent David Stalker at Durranhill police station.

"The investigators need to hear from anyone including friends and associates of Lee who might have seen him or have information on his movements on the 23rd and 24th of July, particularly in the Fusehill Street area.

"Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Blackwell Hall area during this time should make contact with the incident room.

"We are also urgently seeking a black Nissan Navara pick-up type vehicle, registration - DV15 TZD. Members of the public are asked not to approach the vehicle if it is sighted but to contact the police immediately.

"Anyone with information or who may have CCTV, dashcam or any other means of footage of the Nissan vehicle or Lee's movement particularly in the Blackwell Hall area in the early hours of the 24th July, please get in touch."

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 101 and asking for the North Cumbria Crime and Safeguarding Team, quoting incident number 36 of July 24.

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