Arrest over recycling wagon death at Windermere school

Ann Harkes
Image caption Ann Harkes had a "larger than life" attitude

A man has been arrested over the death of a Cumbrian woman who was hit by a recycling wagon on a school drive.

Ann Harkes was collecting recycling at St Mary's C of E Nursery and Infant School in Windermere when the incident happened on 17 March.

The 58-year-old South Lakeland Council worker, from Great Urswick, near Ulverston, later died in hospital.

Police said a 39-year-old Windermere man had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A spokeswoman said the man had been released on police bail until 13 June.

Mrs Harkes' family has paid tribute to a "much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister".

It said in a statement: "She was very generous with everything including her time.

"Respected and loved by all of her colleagues, friends and family alike, due to her bubbly personality and larger-than-life attitude, Ann will be deeply missed by all."

A Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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