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Prince Charles to visit Cumbria gun tragedy area

The Prince of Wales will meet members of the emergency services who tended to the victims of Derrick Bird's gun rampage in West Cumbria.

Charles will visit West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven to speak to the hospital staff who responded in the aftermath of the shootings last week.

All 12 of the gunman's victims were taken to the hospital's mortuary.

Charles will go on to St Nicholas's Church, where he will meet the Rector of Whitehaven.

He will then speak to faith, community and civic leaders from West Cumbria before signing the book of condolence.

Taxi driver Derrick Bird left a dozen people dead after a crazed killing spree in which he killed his twin brother, a fellow cabbie and passers-by.

He killed himself after a police chase through country lanes in the county.

The prince is known to have a great affinity for Cumbria and visits every year.


From Belfast Telegraph