WE shared the news that a man who was tragically found dead in Warwick Bridge was formally identified by Cumbria Police.

Neil Billingham, 51, an ITV journalist, was reported missing on October 15. Police then found his body on October 17.

Readers were quick to pay tribute on social media with an outpouring of sadness and condolences.

Fiona Elizabeth White said: "So sad, such a lovely man."

Shirley Wood added: "So very sad rest in peace. My thoughts go to his family and friends."

Jessica Pharaoh, Karen Nicholson, Stuart Whelan and Keith Elliott paid their condolences.

Sharon Nugent Davidson said: "Rest in peace Neil. He interviewed me for Border TV by phone in hospital during the Covid era. He was a lovely man, such a sad shame, hugs to his family and friends at this harrowing time."

Sophie McDonagh said: "Rest in peace Neil, a great neighbour we will miss seeing you every day in the shop. Rest peacefully."

Chloe Bell also said: "Really sad, thoughts to family and loved ones."

Sal Bennett commented: "Thinking of his family and my husband and colleagues that knew him."

Adele Martin added she was 'thinking of his family and friends'.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, and a file is being prepared for the coroner, police said.

Editor at ITV Regional News, Guy Phillips, said: "Neil Billingham was a much-loved colleague of ITV Border and worked alongside the team for ten years.

"A passionate advocate for mental health awareness, he will be greatly missed.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."