Cumbria

Four charged with murder after Carlisle river body find

Lee McKnight Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Police said Lee McKnight had been assaulted

Four people, including a mother and daughter, have appeared in court accused of murdering a man found dead in a river.

Lee McKnight, 26, was recovered from the River Caldew, in Carlisle, Cumbria, on Friday.

Carol Diane Edgar, 46, and Coral Edgar, 25, both of Charles Street, appeared before magistrates alongside two others charged with his murder.

They were remanded in custody to appear before Carlisle Crown Court on Friday.

Jamie Davison, 25 and of Beverly Rise, Carlisle, Paul Roberts, 50 and of Grey Street, also appeared.

A fifth person, Janice Edgar, 40 and of Dale End Road, also appeared, charged with assisting an offender and two unrelated charges of possession of drugs with intent to supply.

Prosecutor John Moran said investigations into "what is described as a brutal murder" were in their early stages.

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