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Lake District funding warning ahead of Budget

Latrigg, overlooking Keswick in the Lake District. Credit: Tom White/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An organisation dedicated to protecting the Lake District is urging the Government to ensure National Parks get adequate funding.

Friends of the Lake District is pressing the Government in Budget week.

Earlier this year the Lake District National Park Authority faced severe criticism for putting some of its properties on the market. Although they should have given more reassurances that this land would be protected into the future, we can understand why they felt that they had to sell.

National Parks have to balance their budgets, yet since 2010 the Lake District’s funding has fallen from £7.275 million to £4.486 million – that’s a drop of 38%.

We like our Parks. 90% of us think they are important, and 96% of us want our children to experience them, yet public spending on them is now far less than £1 per person per year; putting their very infrastructure is at risk.

Our National Parks are national assets, providing economic, environmental, health, social and cultural benefits. Government must recognise this and the value we all put on them, and resource them properly”.

– Director Douglas Chalmers


Man in court charged with Windermere murder

Gordon Smith Credit: Cumbria Police

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of another man, in Windermere.

Gordon Smith, 44, was found dead in the Lake Road area of the town early on Wednesday morning.

Mark Russell, 26, from Windermere, appeared at Furness Magistrates Court this morning.

He was remanded in custody.

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.

Tribute to 'amazing dad' killed in A596 crash

John Birch Little Credit: Cumbria Police

The wife of a man who died in a collision on the A596 has released a tribute to him, calling him "my world".

John Birch Little, 47, died in a one vehicle crash, which happened near Thursby Roundabout, Carlisle, at around 11:05am on 4 July.

John was an amazing dad to our two children Ewan and Emily and they adored him, he was my best friend and a wonderful supportive husband he was and is my world, I can't start to describe how much we miss him and always will.

John lived for our children and was immensely proud of both of them.

John was like a big brother to my sister Jude and an amazing uncle to Bryce, Ellis, and Joel, who adored him, they will all miss him hugely.”

– John's wife

Investigations into the cause of the collision are continuing, and Cumbria Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.


Alcohol worth hundreds stolen from Dumfries supermarket

Around £600 of alcohol was taken from the Tesco store. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Alcohol worth around £600 has been stolen from a supermarket in Dumfries.

Brandy, vodka and whisky was taken from the Tesco store, in Lockerbie Road, on Thursday 2 July at around 6pm.

Police Scotland are asking for the public's help to trace two men, described as:

  • Mid to late 60s, with grey hair, of medium build, with dark rimmed glasses, wearing a green and brown striped polo shirt and dark blue dress shorts
  • Mid 40s, with dark hair, of medium build, wearing a khaki coloured cotton jacket

The two men we want to trace in connection with this theft were seen to wheel away the drink in a trolley and appeared to be acting together.

This does appear to be a planned theft and we appeal to anyone who may have been in the store around this time to get in touch is they can help us identify them, through the usual 101 number."

– Constable Ian Dawes from Police Scotland in Dumfries

Overnight resurfacing work for A69

The resurfacing works could disrupt overnight travellers. Credit: PA

Resurfacing work will be taking place on the A69, between Cumbria and Northumberland, overnight from Monday 13 July.

A speed limit of 40mph will be in force, and lanes will be closed, between 7pm and 7am.

The work will begin at the Town Foot Junction in Haltwhistle on 13 July, and will last for two weeks.

Attention will then turn to the south of Brampton Roundabout at Gelt, for one week, and then the Redpeth junction at Spital for approximately one week on Friday 27 July.

The final phase of work will take place between Scarrow Hill and Naworth in Cumbria on Monday 3 August, and will last one week.

  • There will be an overnight road closure on Saturday 25 July at Gelt, while the road across a narrow bridge is resurfaced
  • During the closure drivers travelling eastbound will be diverted at the M6 junction 46, on to the M6 to junction 44, along the A689 to Brampton roundabout where the diversion ends
  • Local traffic travelling westbound will follow the same route in the opposite direction

Cemetery death 'not believed to be suspicious'

Cumbria Police Credit: PA

A man's body has been found in a cemetery in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The body was found on 6 July at around 8:20am, by a member of the public, at the cemetery on Vicarage Lane.

Police do not believe the death is suspicious at this time, but are conducting enquiries and have closed the cemetery.

They are asking members of the public to keep away from the area.

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