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Victim 'warned before Bird killing'

Derrick Bird's youngest victim was warned that a gunman was on the loose just minutes before he was shot dead, an inquest has been told.

Jamie Clark, 23, was called by a work colleague as he drove from Seascale to the letting agents office in Whitehaven where he worked.

Philip Le-Maire said he called Mr Clark's mobile phone at 11.20am after hearing about the shootings in west Cumbria.

"During a brief conversation, I explained to Jamie there was a gunman in the area and I suggested he return to the office," Mr Le-Maire said in a statement to the inquest into all the deaths being held at the Energus Centre in Workington.

But around five minutes later, at 11.25am Mr Clark's path crossed with Bird's on the road outside Seascale.

He was the 10th person to be killed during Bird's rampage across west Cumbria on June 2, last year.

The shooting was not witnessed but his Smart Car was found on its side, the wheels still turning, with the victim inside, blasted to the right side of his head with the shotgun.

The killing was "untimely, undeserved and unfair" his fiancee said.

Leanne Jarman also said the love she shared with Mr Clark would go on forever, in a moving tribute given at the inquest.

"He was by no means perfect, but he was perfect for me, and the love we shared will never die," she said in a statement.

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