Cumbria

Tributes paid to dairy farmer

Michael Padley Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption Michael Padley was a keen traveller and often visited Asia, Australia and New Zealand, his family said.

Tributes have been paid to a dairy farmer who died after becoming trapped between a wall and a milk tanker.

Michael Padley died at Bridge End Holsteins dairy farm at Kirkby Thore, near Penrith, on Monday.

The 60-year-old ran a B&B with Val, his wife of 32 years, at Ford House Farm Baildon in West Yorkshire.

His family said he was a keen traveller and enjoyed looking after visitors to his guesthouse.

In a statement released through Cumbria Police, Mr Padley's family said he had been a dairy farmer before starting the B&B in 2000.

The family said: "Mick loved the role of serving his guests with their breakfast and his humour kept everyone entertained.

"He loved rugby and he made numerous friends through his association with rugby clubs at Cleckheaton, Goole, and Ripon.

"He also liked football and loved Manchester United.

"He was known affectionately as Gobby by everyone he knew and was a true friend.

"His loss leaves a big hole in the lives of many."

Cumbria Police said Mr Padley's death was not being treated as suspicious and the Health and Safety Executive were also investigating.

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