News in Brief

MP Yvette Cooper. Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
MP Yvette Cooper. Picture: MATTHEW PAGE

Councillor resigns: A Morecambe town councillor has resigned due to ill health. David Andrew, town councillor for Westgate ward, was elected in May 2011.

A town council spokesman wished Mr Andrew all the best for the future. Ten electors from the ward must first write to the town clerk before a by election can be officially called.

Angling club looking for new members

Morecambe and District Junior Anglers are looking for new members.

The club will hold open days at Cleveley Bridge Fisheries on Saturday, April 5, and at The Villa Fishery, Carnforth, on April 12 from 11am-3pm.

The club holds fishing lessons, matches and holidays for youngsters aged eight to 16.Contact

Teacher died in river

A Morecambe Community High School teacher was swept to his death down a flooded Lake District river, an inquest heard.

The hearing in Kendal was told Simon Martindale, 48, from Hest Bank, was found shortly afterwards floating in Windermere on December 23. Storms and heavy rain had left rivers high and some areas flooded.

Coroner Ian Smith recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest heard Mr Martindale may have entered the River Rothay at Ambleside to rescue his dog, which he was walking. Witnesses said they heard a shout and saw the dog and then Mr Martindale being swept unconscious down into the River Rothay.

The dog managed to make it safely out of the water, the inquest was told.