Victim 'warned before Derrick Bird killing'

Derrick Bird's youngest victim was warned a gunman was on the loose just minutes before he was shot dead, an inquest heard today.





Jamie Clark, 23, was called by a work colleague as he drove from Seascale to the letting agents office in Whitehaven where he worked.



Philip Le-Maire said he called Mr Clark's mobile phone at 11.20am after hearing about the shootings in west Cumbria.



"During a brief conversation, I explained to Jamie there was a gunman in the area and I suggested he return to the office," Mr Le-Maire said in a statement to the inquest into all the deaths, at the Energus Centre in Workington.



But around five minutes later, at 11.25am Mr Clark's path crossed with Bird's on the road outside Seascale.



He was the 10th person to be killed during Bird's rampage across west Cumbria on June 2, last year.



The shooting was not witnessed but his Smart Car was found on its side, the wheels still turning, with the victim inside, blasted to the right side of his head with the shotgun.



The killing was "untimely, undeserved and unfair" his fiancee said.



Leanne Jarman also said the love she shared with Mr Clark would go on forever, in a moving tribute given at the inquest.



"He was by no means perfect, but he was perfect for me, and the love we shared will never die," she said in a statement.



Miss Jarman, said: "For the last nine months Jamie's family, many friends, acquaintances, colleagues and I have been living a nightmare.



"Living a life without Jamie is one that none of us should be learning to do, and one I never considered possible."



She added: "We want to remember Jamie, not in the terms of his death or the events of that hellish day, but as the wonderful, generous and kind-hearted young man we all had the pleasure of loving and knowing.



"Jamie is my inspiration and it is his relentless and vivacious way of approaching life that gives me the courage to forge a new life for myself."



Mr Clark was born in Aylesbury and his family lived in Northall, Buckinghamshire, but he moved to Carlisle in February 2008 to be with his fiancee, while she studied at university in Cumbria.



Another tribute came from Richard Clark, the victim's father. It was given on behalf of himself, Jamie's mother Jane and his brother Andrew.



Mr Clark said: "Jamie was unique; I'm sure all parents think their children are.



"He was kind, gentle and intelligent with a wicked sense of humour. He made you feel better just for spending time with him.



"It will take us many years to come to terms with his death."



The inquest was adjourned until tomorrow morning.

Arts and Entertainment
TVShow's twee, safe facade smashed by ice cream melting scandal
News
newsVideo for No campaign was meant to get women voting
Sport
Wayne Rooney talks to the media during a press conference
sport
Arts and Entertainment
tv
News
ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
Sport
Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his first goal for Arsenal in the Champions League qualifier against Besiktas
sportChilean's first goal for the club secures place in draw for Champions League group stages
News
i100
News
Down time: an employee of Google uses the slide to get to the canteen
scienceBosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder
Arts and Entertainment
Amis: 'The racial situation in the US is as bad as it’s been since the Civil War'
booksAuthor says he might come back across Atlantic after all
Extras
indybest
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?