Murder enquiry launched after pub chef found dead

Jill Hollingsworth with her son Luke Hollingsworth.
Jill Hollingsworth with her son Luke Hollingsworth.

A murder probe has been launched after a man was found dead by armed police.

Luke Hollingsworth, 23, formerly of Torrisholme Road, Torrisholme, was found with fatal injuries in a house in Carlisle.

Luke formerly worked as a pub chef at both Lancaster’s Green Ayre and Morecambe’s Wetherspoon pubs over a two-year period.

He was found by police who stormed the house on Etterby Lea Road on July 10 at 5.11pm.

His mother Jill Hollingsworth has paid tribute to a “warm, loving, friendly boy.”

She said: “As a family, we are absolutely devastated at the loss of Luke. He was a beautiful young man to his dad and I and a good brother, grandson, nephew and cousin to his whole family.

“He has been a rock to me over some very hard times and was a warm, loving, friendly boy, who was always ready with a helping hand and a cheeky grin.”

“He was a very popular boy who was never short of friends and made them wherever he went, whether it be working with me in the pubs or doing his one love, skiing.

“He will be missed by so many people who all loved him deeply. We would ask that as a family we are left to grieve him passing with dignity and respect.

“Goodnight, God bless my Chav Lad, I am sure Pops and you will be watching us with interest.”

Police have not released any details about how Luke died, but described the incident as “particularly violent”. Initial reports described the incident as related to firearms or a possible stabbing.

A man found inside the property with serious injuries has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has undergone surgery at Cumberland Hospital and remains too ill to be interviewed by police.

Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester said: “We are appealing to the community to help us in piecing together what happened at this address which resulted in Luke’s death.

“We are interested in establishing the movements of a red car which was seen in the area just prior to the incident taking place.

“We understand that people in the area saw a woman climbing into the property (on Wednesday). We have confirmed the identity of this woman but would urge anyone who saw her to contact the police. He added: “We are interested in speaking to anyone who has any information about this incident. We want to be able to provide Luke’s family with information about what happened to their son.”

Anyone with any information can ring Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to detectives at Carlisle CID. Alternately call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.