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Hewden employee among Cumbria shooting victims

Plant hire firm Hewden has confirmed that one of its employees was fatally wounded in the shooting incidents that took place in Cumbria on 1 June

Plant operator David Bird had worked for the firm for eight years at Hewden’s Whitehaven depot, which has been closed until 7 June as a mark of respect.

In an official statement, the firm said it was “deeply saddened by these events, and extends it sympathies to all the families affected by this tragedy.”

Mr Bird was the brother of gunman Derrick Bird, and is believed to have been his first victim.

He was described by his employer as a well-liked colleague who was well known to many customers in the area. The Whitehaven branch where he worked hires out both operated and non-operated equipment. Mr Bird was a fully trained plant operator who would operate Hewden hired equipment on customer’s sites throughout the region.

Hewden said that customers affected by the temporary closure of the Whitehaven depot will find that all telephone calls to the depot are diverted to another Hewden depot, or they can call head office on 0161 848 8621 for assistance.