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Severe accident: A596 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A596 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from Rye Hill Road to Lowther Street.

A596 Cumbria - A596 Station Road in Flimby blocked in both directions from the Rye Hill Road junction to the Lowther Street junction, because of an accident involving a car and a motorcycle.

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Allonby School pupils are top at recycling

Primary school pupils in Allonby have been crowned winners in a countywide recycling competition.

Nine schools in Cumbria took part in the Recycle with Michael scheme, organised by The Salvation Army, and between them all they collected almost a tonne of clothes and shoes which would normally go to landfill.

The Allonby pupils won the competition as they recycled more per head of pupils than all the other schools.

Allonby school pupils with Michel the recycling mascot.
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Michael the recycling mascot at Allonby School

Fifth burglary drives widow from her Cockermouth home

A Cumbrian businesswoman has abandoned her Cockermouth home after being raided five times by different criminals, Carlisle Crown Court has been told.

John McKechnie, 24, Scott Hodgeon, 30, and a 17-year-old youth travelled from Preston to target the house, and in less than 10 minutes, took £1,000 cash and did damage and stole property together valued at £5,600.

Among the sentimental items snatched from a clearly-labelled "memories" box was a photograph of the householder's deceased husband, the last to be taken while he was still alive.

McKechnie, of West Park Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Hodgeon, 30, of Redcar Avenue, Ingol, Preston, and the youth admitted burglary and received respective jail terms of 54, 37 and 36 months.

The judge heard it was the fifth such burglary and the widow could no longer face living there and he told the three they must be severely punished.

This is one of the worst examples of non-confrontation dwelling house burglary I have ever seen."

Judge James Adkin

Man jailed for 'bombarding' ex-partner with threats

A man who bombarded his ex-partner with threatening Facebook messages as he persistently harassed and stalked her has been jailed for two years at Carlisle Crown Court.

Ainsley Mackay
Cumbria Police

Ainsley Mackay, of High Street, Wigton, admitted both the stalking and intimidation of his former girlfriend earlier this year after the couple's "acrimonious" split.

Mackay first bombarded the woman with 343 Facebook messages, some of which were described as "extremely threatening", and phone calls through the same social media application, and then made two direct threats as she became a witness in police proceedings.

Mackay was also banned from contacting the woman through the strict terms of a restraining order for five years.

Severe accident: A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways

BBC News Travel

A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways severe accident, at Creetown.

A75 Dumfries And Galloway - A75 in Creetown closed and it's very slow in both directions at the Creetown junction, because of an accident.

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Allerdale councillor picked for Tory Workington campaign

Allerdale council’s deputy leader Mark Jenkinson has been announced as Workington’s Conservative candidate for the next general election.

Mark Jenkinson
Allerdale DC

The politician, who emerged as the preferred candidate during a “competitive hustings” in Cockermouth Town Hall on Saturday, said he was honoured to have been chosen.

A parish councillor for Seaton and Camerton and borough councillor for Seaton and Northside, he became deputy leader of Allerdale in 2019.

Severe disruption: A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways

BBC News Travel

A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways severe disruption, between A714 Wigtown Road and A747.

A75 Dumfries And Galloway - A75 closed in both directions between the A714 Wigtown Road junction in Newton Stewart and the A747 junction in Glenluce, because of recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways

BBC News Travel

A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways severe accident, from A714 Wigtown Road to A747.

A75 Dumfries And Galloway - A75 closed in both directions from the A714 Wigtown Road junction in Newton Stewart to the A747 junction in Glenluce, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: A66 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A66 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from A5086 to A595.

A66 Cumbria - A66 in Cockermouth closed in both directions from Cockermouth Roundabout to The Fitz Roundabout, because of a gas leak. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: A66 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A66 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from A595 to A5086.

A66 Cumbria - A66 closed in both directions from Bridgefoot roundabout in Bridgefoot to Cockermouth Roundabout in Cockermouth, because of a police investigation.

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Severe disruption: A66 Cumbria eastbound

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A66 Cumbria eastbound severe disruption, from A595 to A5086.

A66 Cumbria - A66 in Cockermouth closed and delays eastbound from The Fitz Roundabout to Cockermouth Roundabout, because of a gas leak and emergency repairs.

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Police and RSPCA raid finds 'fighting cock breeding'

Details have been made public of a police and RSPCA raid in north Cumbria earlier this week that found what's suspected to be a number of fighting cocks.

The RSPCA confirmed that search warrants had been executed at two premises near Carlisle, and a social media message from the police regional organised crime unit said a 36-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of breeding cockerels for fighting at Glasson.

The RSPCA said a number of birds had been seized and the investigation was continuing.

Man looking at hen coops
NWROCU

Stokes goes to court over report on family tragedy

BBC Sport

The England all-rounder Ben Stokes and his mother have started legal action against The Sun newspaper after it published a front page story reporting on a family tragedy from more than three decades ago.

The cricketer, who grew up in Cumbria, has strongly criticised the newspaper for publishing what he says are "extremely painful, sensitive and personal details" about his family.

The court action is listed as an intellectual property claim related to copyright.

Ben Stokes
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Two jailed after A66 crash left a pedestrian dying

Two men have been jailed after a crash on the A66 near Keswick that left a pedestrian dying as his friends battled to save his life.

Matthew Paul Leggett
BBC

Matthew Paul Leggett (above), 25, of Sonnets Way, Cockermouth, faced no charges for hitting Jimmy Greenwood, a visitor from Market Drayton, Shropshire, after a police expert said he had reacted the way a driver should.

But he then drove off, at speeds of more than 100mph, to a wood near Cockermouth where he abandoned his badly-damaged BMW and was collected by a friend, Finlay Lewis Davidson, 24, of Mabel Wood, Great Clifton.

Leggett admitted dangerous driving after the crash, failing to stop and failing to report an accident and was jailed for 16 months with a four year driving ban to follow.

Davidson admitted doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of justice and was jailed for 10 months.

Severe disruption: A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway northbound

BBC News Travel

A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway northbound severe disruption, from J19 for B725 to J18 for B723.

A74(M) Dumfries And Galloway - One lane closed on A74(M) northbound in Dumfries and Galloway from J19, B725 (Ecclefechan) to J18, B723 (Lockerbie South), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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Driver who sped off after fatal crash told 'expect prison'

A driver who made off at high speed after a crash on the A66 near Keswick that claimed the life of a pedestrian has been told to "expect an immediate custodial sentence".

Matthew Leggett
BBC

The court had heard Matthew Leggett, 24, of Sonnets Way, Cockermouth faced no charge because of the crash, but he had then driven the severely-damaged BMW 12 miles at speeds that, police concluded had exceeded 100mph.

He admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report to police.

Leggett's car
Cumbria Police

Leggett had faced a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, but for the second time, a jury failed to reach a verdict at Carlisle Crown Court, and the prosecution said it would not seek a retrial.

Leggett will return to court on Thursday for sentence.

Jury out in trial of driver after fatal A66 crash

The jury in the trial of a Cockermouth man accused of perverting the course of justice after a fatal crash on the A66 will continue its deliberations today.

Matthew Leggett, 24, from Sonnets Way has been on trial at Carlisle Crown Court after a collision with a pedestrian near Keswick in April last year.

He faces no criminal charge in relation to the collision but was charged with failing to stop, dangerous driving after the collision and perverting the course of justice after he was accused of driving from the scene and throwing away his mobile phone.

He admits two of the charges but denies perverting the course of justice, and jurors who retired to consider a verdict yesterday were still undecided at the end of the afternoon.

More space to be created in Whitehaven cemetery

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Proposals to extend Whitehaven Cemetery to create more space for burials within the existing extension were formally agreed by Copeland council’s executive at a meeting today.

The site was last extended more than a decade ago to accommodate an extra 373 burial plots with land to the western edge set aside for this.

The estimated £74,000 cost of this latest expansion would be used to create another 128 burial plots, capable of accommodating 256 burials, enough to last 6.7 years.

Severe disruption: A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways

BBC News Travel

A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways severe disruption, at A709.

A75 Dumfries And Galloway - A75 in Dumfries closed at the A709 junction, because of flooding. Traffic is coping well.

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