Tributes paid as Carlisle dad dies aged 30
Last updated at 16:24, Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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.
First published at 16:23, Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
Have your say
- Police call handling shake-up could cut demand on officers (29 comments)
- Cumbrian council set to axe chief executive job (14 comments)
- Former Carlisle hotel one of England's most at risk buildings (21 comments)
- Thirty new Cumbrian entries in Camra's latest 'beer bible' (5 comments)
- Parents furious as children kept out of lessons for flouting uniform rules (85 comments)
- 'Rude' Cumbrian town name banned at national WI fair (43 comments)
- Carlisle's Toni & Guy hair salon shuts (39 comments)
- Plans unveiled to revamp Carlisle's Castle Way (138 comments)
Court & crime
- Carlisle man who had nearly two million child porn images on computer jailed
- Driver lost control and crashed through Carlisle charity shop window
- Carlisle man jailed for lying for cocaine trafficker dad
- Cumbrian man convicted of raid on Dartmouth gift shop
- Men who turned Cumbrian mansion into cannabis farm jailed for total of almost 40 years
|NEWS & STAR ON:|
- Cumbria police crackdown on drivers using mobile phones (6 comments)
- Ex-Lookaround newsreader begins life as woman she always wanted to be (16 comments)
- Reays brings back City Hopper service; pledges more room for buggies (34 comments)
- Parents will be fined if caught smoking in cars carrying children (21 comments)
- Tweet made Austin look a proper Charlie (1 comment)