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A council in South West Scotland is promising to help create more than 400 new job opportunities in the next three years.
Dumfries and Galloway Council will be investing £1.5 million in new apprenticeship schemes.
The region has the lowest wage levels in the UK, and has seen a fall in the number of private sector jobs.
Russell Brown, Labor MP for Dumfries and Galloway, said a working partnership between organisations is needed.
An inquest has begun into the death of a worker found inside an industrial steam oven at Carlisle's Pirelli tyre factory.
The body of 48-year-old George Faulder was discovered last year, inside the oven which reaches temperatures of 145 degrees.
Hannah McNulty reports.
Part of Northumberland, between Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish border, has been named as the largest area of protected night sky in Europe.
It follows the Galloway Forest in becoming an international Dark Sky Park.
Galloway was named the UK's first in 2009. The area covers 1,500 square kilometres. And will be protected from light pollution.
Gary Fildes, Founder of Kielder Observatory, told ITV Border what a ture 'dark sky' actually is.
Police are investigating a burglary which occurred overnight between Sunday 8 and Monday 9 December at the Morrisons supermarket on Kingstown Road.
The incident was reported at 5:49 am this morning, when employees discovered the petrol station had been broken into.
It is believe that nothing has been stolen.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area last night and may have seen people acting suspiciously to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Detective Sergeant Matt Scott or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A Reindeer is on the loose in Whinlatter.
The animal was spooked by a dog which had got into its pen at the visitors centre.
After scaling the 7ft fence Borneo has disappeared into the forest.
Rangers have been out search for him and are asking the public to help them.
Barbara Thompson from the Forestry Commission said:
– Barbara Thompson, the Forestry Commission
'He isn't in any immediate danger as there is plenty of food out there for him. But we have school trips coming in to learn about reindeers and we'd really like to get him back for them and obviously his owners. We've been out looking for him but it is like looks for a needle in a haystack! He is a herd animal so we think he will end up with some sheep, cows or horses when he gets lonely. Hopefully we'll find him.'
The jury an inquest into the death of a worker at Carlisle's Pirelli tyre factory have been told there were two opportunities for the victim to enter the 'industrial pressure cooker' in which he died.
48-year-old George Faulder was found at 6pm on September 30 2012 inside an industrial steam oven.
He had been involved in the tyre making process making 'beading', a component of the tyre, on the day he died.
The process involves hardening the beading inside an autoclave, described by Coroner Robert Chapman as 'an industrial pressure cooker'.
The jury were told investigations had shown Mr Faulder could have entered the autoclave on two occasions between 3pm and 4pm.
The inquest is expected to last for five days, during which time evidence will be heard from dozens of witnesses and experts.
The deadline for the public consultation on the government search for a new, underground nuclear storage site in Cumbria has been extended.
The end date was due to be Thursday 5 December but a technical issue at the Department of Energy and Climate Change meant some responses were not received on time.
The cut-off will now be Thursday 19 December.
A formal government response would be released within 12 weeks of the cut-off date.
Police are investigating reports of criminal damage to six vehicles on Carlisle street.
The incidents are believed to have taken place on Whinsmoor Drive in Carlisle between 3pm and 3:30pm on Sunday 8 December.
Officers would like to speak to two boys who were seen causing damage to one of the vehicles.
They are described as:
- Approx 16-years-old
- Slim build
- Short hair
- Wearing dark joggers and grey hoodies
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Muller on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.