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Friday, 31 October 2014

Police launch probe into death of 23-year-old dad

AN investigation is looking into how a young dad came to be found dead in a beck in Ulverston after a night out in Barrow.

Aaran Sedgwick, of Beech Drive, Ulverston, was found by emergency services in Dragley Beck on Saturday.

The alarm was raised after his family reported he had not returned from a night out in Barrow on Friday.

Police are investigating his death on behalf of the coroner and trying to piece together how he came to end up in the beck, near the Levy Beck Bridge.

However, police are not treating his death as suspicious and are believed to think it may have been an accident.

A Facebook group in memory of the well-known 23-year-old has received hundreds of hits.

The group, called ‘Rembering Aaran Sedgwick’ (sic), has attracted tributes and 567 ‘likes’ on the page.

Further tributes came from schools and colleges he has attended during his academic career.

Mr Sedgwick had been a student at Furness College, in Barrow. He was studying the access university pathway diploma course.

His tutor, Dr Richard Watson, curriculum manager for access, business and science at Furness College, said: “Aaran was an outstanding student, whose joy for life made an indelible impact upon all who knew him.

“His sense of humour, the ease by which people quickly became friends and his obvious love for his children marked Aaran as an exceptional man and father.”

Dr Watson continued: “He also possessed a very promising future. He had planned to become a primary school teacher, and with his enthusiasm and a natural ability to work with children this would have resulted in a career in which he would, no doubt, have excelled.

“The loss of Aaran will leave a gap in the college that cannot be filled, but he will be remembered with great affection and love by all the staff and students at Furness College.”

Mark Nicholson, deputy principal for curriculum and quality at Furness College, said: “Everyone at Furness College is deeply saddened by the death of Aaran. Our thoughts are with the family and friends that he has left behind.”

Ulverston Victoria High School, where Aaran had previously attended, released a tribute to the young man.

On behalf of the staff and pupils at UVHS, a spokesperson for the school said: “The school community sends its condolences to Mrs Sedgwick and to Aaran’s family.”

The statement from the school continued: “Ulverston Victoria High School has a long association with the family as Aaran and his brother and sisters were educated here.

“Staff who knew Aaran are understandably upset. We are sending our own private condolences to his family.”

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