Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Death in West Cumbria
Cumbria, where I live, is a large, beautiful county. Geographically isolated by mountains, it has one city, a few large towns, lots of smaller places and many thousands of sheep that wander freely over the stunning landscape. Cumbria in some ways is a world apart from the frenetic and sometimes dangerous world "out there". But today something happened here that rarely happens anywhere in this country, a man went on a rampage and killed 12 people and wounded 25 in a trail of terror from the town of Whitehaven to the village of Boot where he ended his own life. Cumbria is in shock, things like this don't happen here, but this did happen. In the days to come we'll hear more, maybe even get an idea why anyone would do this, but one thing is for sure, Cumbria will never be the same.