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Police and crime commissioner's plea for 340 new recruits

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) said he has asked the government for an extra 340 police officers as the county's share of the 6,000 additional recruits promised for next year.

Clive Grunshaw Lancashire police and crime commissioner
Lancashire PCC

The Home Office has pledged to boost policing numbers with 20,000 new officers over the next three years.

Clive Grunshaw told a PCC panel meeting said he has a “massive concern” that the allocation of additional officers could be based on the size of a force’s budget rather than on where officers have been taken from.

He also fears the 14,000 officers to be recruited during the second and third years of the government’s recruitment drive could go to the National Crime Agency or counter-terror policing rather than local forces.

The Home Office has not responded to a request for comment about the issues raised at the meeting.

Missing Cartmel pensioner found

Barbara Athorn, 79, from Cartmel, who was reported by police as missing yesterday, has been found.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

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M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for A601.

M6 Lancashire - M6 entry slip road closed northbound at J35 A601(M) Carnforth, because of over-running roadworks. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police concerned for welfare of missing Cartmel pensioner

Police in south Cumbria say they are worried about an elderly woman who left her home in Cartmel at about 10:40 this morning and has not been seen since.

Barbara Athorn

Barbara Athorn, 79, was wearing a grey or beige jumper and black trousers, and carrying a handbag.

North West Air Ambulance called out to 200 incidents

The North West Air Ambulance Service responded to nearly 200 incidents in Cumbria in the last year.

The service, which has helicopters in Greater Manchester and Preston, covers the south of the county - but has been as far north as Carlisle in the last 12 months.

James, who's a helicopter pilot, says the aircraft make a big difference to patients in need.

If it's an hour-and-a-half or two-hour drive, we can be there in 20 minutes and that can make a real big difference to that patient."


Stuart Sinclair's early goal gives Walsall a vital victory over fellow early-season strugglers Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

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Motorcyclist dies in collision near Sedbergh

A 27-year-old motorcyclist died in a crash at Middleton, near Sedbergh on the A683 twards Kirkby Lonsdale

The collision, involving a Pegeot van, happened at 16:40 yesterday. The van driver was not hurt.

Police have not yet publishe the man's name, but they say he lived locally.

Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Former boxer jailed after towing stolen caravan in chase

A former professional boxer who led police at speeds of up to 60mph while towing a stolen caravan has been jailed for 11 months at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court was told the chase, along the A590 near Kendal, ended when Hugh Fury, 24, of Main Street, Lancaster, careered through a gate into a field.

Fury admitted handling the stolen caravan, and dangerous driving, but the court was told custody while awaiting charge had been "a wake-up call" and he had learned from his mistakes.

Judge David Potter said that after prison, Fury would have a 12-month driving ban, and would then have to take an extended driving test.

Man charged with robbing shop of high-value whisky

A man's been charged with robbery after three bottles of whisky, worth nearly £4,000, were stolen from a shop in Cumbria.

A 42-year-old man from Sale, Greater Manchester is due before magistrates on 16 October accused of stealing the Teeling whisky from Cartmel Drink shop and Wine Snug in November.

Cumbria cyclist Knox finishes 11th in first big 'Tour'

BBC Cumbria Sport

Cumbrian cyclist James Knox finished 11th overall after completing one of cycling’s showpiece events, the three week long “Vuelta”, the Tour of Spain.

The 23-year-old from Levens, near Kendal, pictured, left, with Phillippe Gilbert, had hoped for a top 10 place, until crashing on Friday, but was overall delighted with his first ever Grand Tour finish.

James Knox and Phillippe Gilbert
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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J34 for A683 Bay Gateway.

M6 Lancashire - Two lanes blocked and queues on M6 northbound at J34, A683 (Lancaster), because of a jackknifed caravan.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, before J34 for A683 Bay Gateway.

M6 Lancashire - M6 partially blocked and queues southbound before J34, A683 (Lancaster), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J34 for A683 Bay Gateway to J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M6 southbound from J34, A683 (Lancaster) to J33, A6 (Lancaster South), because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cumbrian Knox moves into leading ten in Tour of Spain

BBC Cumbria Sport

While most cycling attention is on the Tour of Britain, in Spain Cumbrian James Knox's remarkable Vuelta a Espana continued yesterday with a tenth-placed finish on stage 17.

James Knox
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It moved the 23-year-old Levens rider up to eighth in the general classification with just three more stages plus Sunday's ceremonial stage to go.

Knox's Deceuninck Quick-Step team-mate, and room-mate, Phillipe Gilbert took the stage win.

Success for Cumbria Tour of Britain route

Cumbria's part in the Tour of Britain cycle race has been hailed a success.

The fourth stage route passed through Brough, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale and ended in Kendal yesteday.

Joan Johnstone, who chairs Kirkby Stephen town council, says the atmosphere was fantastic.

The weather was beautiful. The town looks great because so many businesses have made the effort to decorate premises... Yeah, the town's really turned up trumps."

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And there'll be more cyclists in Cumbria today, as part of the Deloitte ride across Britain.

Fifteen hundred riders are taking part in the 980-mile route from Land's End to John O'Groats.

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Severe disruption: A6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

A6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between Snape Lane and A6070.

A6 Lancashire - A6 in Tewitfield closed and queues southbound between the Snape Lane junction and Pine Lake roundabout, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe accident, from J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South to J34 for A683 Bay Gateway.

M6 Lancashire - Two lanes closed and it's slow on M6 northbound from J33, A6 (Lancaster South) to J34, A683 (Lancaster), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Work on historic village centre to start this year

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Work to rescue historic buildings at The Square in Burton-in-Kendal should start this autumn, after South Lakeland council picks contractors next week.

Burton in Kendal

The Square is a major feature of the village conservation area, and was put on the "at risk" register by Historic England after officials noted "physical decay and loss of important architectural detail" in some buildings.

SLDC, Burton-in-Kendal Parish Council and Historic England are involved in a three-year partnership to improve the village conservation area, spending £80,000 a year with repairs to at least eight buildings.

Residents protest at old peoples' housing threat

Residents at a sheltered housing block in Grange-over-Sands say they face having to move away from friends and family if it shuts.

Residents in sitting room at Yewbarrow Lodge

One, Steve Saunders, 87, a former seaman, said the place was paradise: "It should never have entered anyone's mind to move people from here, it's a wonderful place to finish your years."

Kathy Purdey, of South Lakes Housing, said she understood it must be devastating for residents and their families, but it had proved impossible to re-let nine empty flats out of the 30, possibly because of the steep access road.

"We do not believe there's a future for this accommodation in this location," she said.

No date has yet been set for the closure.

BreakingWoman, 30, arrested over death of man in River Kent

A 30-year-old woman from Ambleside has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a man in the River Kent last month.

The body of Simon Dodds, 43, was found in the river near Kendal on 11 August after police were called out to reports of a man and a woman in the water near Sedgwick.

Police logo on van
Cumbria Police

At the time police said the woman had got herself out of the water and was found near the scene with minor injuries, for which she was treated at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Today officers renewed an appeal for witnesses, or anyone with dashcam footage from Nannypie Lane, a narrow lane that runs alongside the river for some distance near Sedgwick.


Eoin Doyle's good start to his Swindon career continues with a brace in the Robins' 3-1 home victory against Morecambe.

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