Police hunt pick-up truck as part of Cumbria murder investigation

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Detectives are still trying to locate a black pick-up truck following the death of a Carlisle man.

Police discovered the body of 26-year-old Lee McKnight in the River Caldew in the Blackwell Hall area, near Cummersdale around 5.24am on Friday (24 July).

They are now seeking information about a black Nissan Navara pick-up type vehicle with the registration DV15 TZD.

Members of the public are asked not to approach the vehicle if it is sighted but to contact the police immediately.

Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery said: “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.”

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

The family of the victim are currently being supported by family liaison officers and police ask that they are given privacy to come to terms with the sudden and unexpected death of their loved one.

Constable Slattery said: ““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 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.”

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 101 and ask to speak to an officer from the North Cumbria Crime and Safeguarding Team, quoting incident number 36 of 24 July. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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