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Playdale boss wins City honour for world trading

The managing director of Playdale, the Haverthwaite playground equipment firm, will be named a Freeman of the Worshipful World Traders, giving him the Freedom of the City of London, later today.

Barry Leahey
Playdale

The company exports to more than 40 countries around the world.

Once the honour would have exempted Barry Leahey from the toll for driving sheep across London Bridge, and from being press-ganged into the Royal Navy, but these days the privileges are more to do with charity and education.

Mr Leahey has also just been made an Honorary Professorial Fellow from Lancaster University Management School in Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Police sergeant honoured for lone arrest of axeman

A Cumbrian police officer who chased, disarmed and arrested a man who'd just attacked another man with an axe has won a bravery award.

Kevin Milby and Yvette Cooper
Police Federation

Sgt Kevin Milby was presented with the North West regional Police Bravery Award by the MP Yvette Cooper at a ceremony in Manchester last night.

Arriving on his own at the incident in Dalton in Furness, Sgt Milby confronted the man in a shop, sprayed him with Parva spra and wrestled him to the ground.

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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South to Lancaster Services.

M6 Lancashire - Temporary closure and stationary on M6 southbound from J33, A6 (Lancaster South) to Lancaster Services, because of cows on the road.

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Severe disruption: A583 Lancashire both ways

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A583 Lancashire both ways severe disruption, between B5192 and Freckleton Street.

A583 Lancashire - A583 Kirkham By Pass in Newton closed and queues in both directions between the B5192 junction and the Freckleton Street junction, because of a police investigation.

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Travel: Crash slows traffic on A595

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There is congestion on the A595 between Thornhill and Ponsonby, near Calderbridge, after a collision between a van and a car partly blocked the road.

Severe disruption: A6 Lancashire both ways

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A6 Lancashire both ways severe disruption, between Jepps Lane and Station Lane.

A6 Lancashire - A6 Garstang Road in Barton closed in both directions between the Jepps Lane junction and the Station Lane junction, because of a fire at a building. Traffic is coping well.

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Fire crews in rescue under Barrow bridge

Fire crews rescued a person from beneath the Jubilee Bridge over Walney channel early this morning.

Walney channel and bridge
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The fire and rescue service said the casualty was 50 yards out and waist-deep in the water.

Crews from Barrow, Walney and Ulverston spent about an hour at the scene.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

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

M6 Lancashire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J34, A683 (Lancaster), because of a break down and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, from J32 for M55 to J31A for B6242 Bluebell Way.

M6 Lancashire - One lane blocked and it's heavy on M6 southbound from J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange) to J31a, B6242 (Longridge), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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Shipyard apprentices to get life-saving heart check

One hundred apprentices at the Barrow shipyard will have their hearts tested today, thanks to the campaigning work of a yard worker whose son died without warning at the age of just 28..

Dave and Sue Hughes with ECG machine
CRY

Dave and Sue Hughes have raised tens of thousands of pounds for screening tests for young people after their son Dan died in his sleep.

The charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), says 3% of young people have an undiagnosed heart condition that could kill them without warning, but it can be detected by a relatively simple test.

Joey Barton charged with ABH after Barnsley incident

Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has been charged with actual bodily harm after an incident in the tunnel at Barnsley in April.

Joey Barton
PA Media

Police investigated the incident which they say left a man with facial injuries after Barnsley beat Fleetwood 4-2 in a League One game at Oakwell on 13 April.

Barton, 36, from Widnes, has been bailed to appear before Barnsley Magistrates Court on 9 October.

In April, Barton "emphatically" denied allegations he assaulted Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South to J32 for M55.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J33, A6 (Lancaster South) to J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange), because of a vehicle on fire. Traffic is coping well.

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Marching in metal: Ben walks the Roman wall for charity

Ben Darlington from Old Hutton, near Kendal, is one of a number of students who will be walking the length of Hadrain's Wall dressed as Roman soldiers over the next few days.

Ben Darlington in Roman armour
Ben Darlington

They are raising money for the charity Young Minds, which helps children and young adults who have mental health problems.

Three rescued after speedboat crashes in Walney Channel

Three people were taken to hospital after a speedboat hit a sandbank and turned over in the Walney Channel, off Barrow.

Emergency services including the RNLI, the coastguard, fire and ambulance were called and spent up to two hours at the scene yesterday afternoon.

Two women and a man were on board, and although details released by the authorities are sketchy, it is though the two women were thrown into the water while the men remained, injured in the boat, which came to rest the right way up.

Fire crews trained in water rescue worked with paramedics to rescue the casualty from the boat, and all the injured were taken to the Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Walney Channel
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North West weather on Monday 15 July

There will be plenty of sunshine to start the week.

There will be some cloud but it should remain dry with temperatures going up to the mid-20s.

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire northbound

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M6 Lancashire northbound severe accident, from J31 for A59 Preston New Road to J31A for B6242 Bluebell Way.

M6 Lancashire - M6 partially blocked and queues northbound from J31, A59 (Samlesbury) to J31a, B6242 (Longridge), because of an accident. Congestion to J30 on M6 and J9 of M61.

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Survey highlights 1,500 speeding cars passing school

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nearly 1,500 speeding cars pass outside a Barrow school every day, new figures have shown.

A traffic survey on Hawcoat Lane found that on average, 7,578 vehicles went past St Paul’s Church of England Junior School every day, at an average speed of 26.4 mph.

But 18%, equivalent to 1,364 vehicles, topped the 30-to-35mph mark when the survey was carried out, with nearly 3% traveliing at more than 35mph.

Councillor Roy Worthington, the Conservative member for Hawcoat, called the results "shocking".

He has called for Cumbria County Council to install a zebra crossing and an official school crossing patrol, but a report going before a meeting next week says the existing crossing patrol is adequate.

Barrow pilots special mental health team in schools

Health services in the Morecambe Bay area are to be among the first to deploy special teams of mental health workers who will work in schools, with one of the two first teams in Barrow.

The idea is to intervene early with mild to moderate problems such as exam stress and supporting school and college staff.

Jade Ainsworth
Morecambe Bay CCG

One of those involved in redesigning the services for children and adolescents is Jade Ainsworth (pictured), who struggled with mental health from the age of 14 and has been treated in a number of hospitals and other facilities.

Jade says she believes early help is crucial.

"I firmly believe that if I had of received the help I needed when I was 14, I might not have ended up in hospital at 16, having to put my life on hold," she said.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

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M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for A601.

M6 Lancashire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J35 A601(M) Carnforth, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Zoo joins national campaign to safeguard insects

The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is having a week of events next month highlighting the plight of insects.

Keeper showing large insect to child
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Staff at the zoo say that although there are almost a million species, they are declining at the rate of 2.5% a year, which according to the manager, Jack Williams, means there could be none left in a century, "precipitating a catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems long before then.”

Insects, he said, pollinated the crops that made up one third of the the world's food supply.

The Big Bug Bonanza week starts on 3 August, and visitors will be able to handle a number of tropical insects, with some new acquisitions.

Eight pairs of ospreys breed chicks in Cumbria revival

Martin Lewes

Reporter

Staff at the Lake District Osprey Project say they are aware of eight breeding pairs of ospreys in the county, with at least 14 chicks.

The species was extinct in the county for 150 years until 2001, when a pair returned to Bassenthwaite.

Various pairs of birds have nested near the lake ever since, this year hatching a female that has now been ringed, so its progress can be traced on annual migrations to Africa.

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At the other end of the county, on the Foulshaw Moss reserve, two chicks were ringed on 29 June.

The RSPB says not all nests across Cumbria have been visited for ringing yet, so a final number of chicks isn't known.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J31A for B6242 Bluebell Way.

M6 Lancashire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J31a, B6242 (Longridge), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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