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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Tributes paid as Carlisle dad dies aged 30

Tributes have been paid to a “doting” young dad described as a “Botcherby lad through and through”.

Lee Phillipson, 30, of Borland Avenue, Carlisle, died suddenly on Monday.

Police say his death is being treated as “unexplained” but not suspicious.

Mr Phillipson used to volunteer as a youth worker in his local community in Botcherby.

Helen Fisher, manager of the Botcherby Community Centre, said: “When Lee was here he seemed to engage really well with the young people and he was well liked.”

Tributes have been flooding in from Mr Phillipson’s friends and family via social media.

Jonathan Raphael described him as a “true friend”, posting “YNWA”, which stands for ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, as Mr Phillipson was a huge fan of Liverpool FC.

Jonathan added: “He’s a Botcherby lad through and through.”

Angela Phillipson posted that she had only found out about her cousin’s death on Facebook.

She wrote: “So gutted by this news – what a good lad he was.”

One person, writing under the name Scrapmetal Merchant, posted: “So sad and upset to hear you’ve gone leelee, a funny, quick-witted man.

“A doting loving dad and loving son and brother. Went to my last lfc game with you leelee, a good win and good day. You’ll be missed but never forgotten leelee.”

And Shelley Glencross Douglas wrote: “r.i.p lee you was [sic] a very nice lad, you will be remembered always.”

Mr Phillipson was also involved with the Botcherby Healthy Living Initiative, promoting the positive impact football can have on mental health, and coaching local young footballers.

Rob Betton, city and county councillor for Botcherby and former chairman of the initiative, which is no longer running, said: “Anybody who puts a lot of effort into the community are greatly valued and will be missed very much.”

Police were called at 4.55pm on Monday to a property in Crossways, Carlisle, following reports of a sudden death. The victim was later identified as Mr Phillipson and officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of his death.

Police say his family have been informed and they have updated the coroner, who said an inquest has not yet been opened.

Police also confirmed a 31-year-old man from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs and is helping them with their enquiries.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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