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Campaign against St Abbs lifeboat closure

Nearly three hundred people have taken part in a protest against the planned closure of the Lifeboat Station in St Abbs. The RNLI wants to shut the station at the end of this summer, after reviewing the use of its services over the last decade. But the village community say they won't give it up without a fight. Jenny Longden reports

Madness draw biggest crowd of the year to Carlisle Racecourse

Thousands watched Madness at Carlisle Racecourse on Saturday night Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

Around 7,500 people watched pop legends Madness perform after an evening's racing at Carlisle Racecourse last night.

It was the biggest crowd of the year so far for the racecourse and the band's only visit to Cumbria during their current tour.

Madness on stage at Carlisle Racecourse Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

"It was a wonderful day and we are delighted with the turnout and the atmosphere. There were a lot of happy people here, really enjoying themselves, and that is what it is all about. I don't think I've ever heard bigger roars from the crowd during the racing and then Madness topped it all off as only they can. It was especially pleasing to see people of all ages having a great time together."

– Geraldine McKay, General manager


Lifeboat station is 'heart of St Abbs'

Nearly 300 people took part in the protest walk Credit: ITV Border

Local people took to the streets of St Abbs to demonstrate against the closure of their lifeboat station.

14 crew members and other volunteers at the station are from the local area.

Those taking part in the protest said the station is the heart of the community.

Credit: ITV Border

The RNLI said:

The difficult decision to close St Abbs lifeboat station was taken over five years and based, amongst other things, on data going back further than ten years. The RNLI acknowledges the strength of feeling that there is within the community and this is demonstrated by the walk

– RNLI Spokesman
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Tribute to daughter who died after fall in Lake District

Victoria Harris Credit: Facebook

A mother whose daughter died after a falling in the Lake District says she's lost her soulmate.

Victoria Harris who was 24 fell while walking on Haystacks in the Buttermere Valley.

An RAF helicopter and an air ambulance were involved in her rescue but she was pronounced dead at hospital.

Her mother Carol Allenby-Carr said she Victoria was a 'beautiful daughter and her soulmate'. She said she died in a tragic accident.

Van driver dies in A596 accident

A man has died after his transit van careered off the road on the A596 in Cumbria.

It happened near the Thursby roundabout at about 11am on Saturday.

The man has been named as John Birch Little who was 47 and from Thursby.

Paramedics gave emergency treatment but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

St Abbs protest against Lifeboat station closure

Nearly 300 people joined the protest walk Credit: ITV Border

Nearly 300 people have protested against a planned closure of St Abbs Lifeboat station.

Members of the community marched from the primary school to the harbour behind a piper.

RNLI announced earlier this year that they are to close the station, which has served the community since 1907.

They have added an extra boat to the fleet in Eyemouth, which will provide emergency rescue to the 35 mile Berwickshire coast.

People in St Abbs said the closure would "rip the heart out of the community".

The station at St Abbs is to close later this year Credit: ITV Border
St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat volunteers Credit: ITV Border


Horsebox and trailer stolen in the Scottish Borders

Police in the Scottish Borders are asking for help after a horsebox and trailer were stolen from Melrose.

They were taken from land at the Longnewton Sawmill sometime between 11am on Friday and 10am on Saturday.

Both trailers could be seen clearly from the nearby A68 and police are appealing to anyone who noticed any unusual behaviour to come forward.

Man charged over Windermere murder

Gordon Smith, who was found dead at Windermere Credit: ITV Border

A man has been charged in connection with the death in the Lake District of Gordon James Smith.

26 year old Mark Russell of Holly Terrace in Windermere has been charged with murder, and remanded in police custody.

He is due to appear at Furness & District Magistrates Court on Monday 6th July.

Three other people have been bailed as part of the police investigation.

A 48 year old woman and a 15 year old girl - both from Kent - have been bailed until 10 July.

A 31 year old man from Millom has been bailed until 17 July.

Superintendent Rob O’Connor said:

“I would like to reassure the people of Windermere and the wider community that enquiries are continuing. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their assistance. Anyone with any further information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101.”

– Superintendent Rob O'Connor, Cumbria Police
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