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Man's body found after Alston fire

Police have found a man's body after a house fire in Alston.

Officers were called to the town at at 4.15pm yesterday after receiving reports of a fire.

The police and the fire service are currently investigating to try and establish what caused the blaze.

The man has not yet been formally identified.


Supporters travel far for Hawick RFC

Craig with his wife and daughter with the Cup in 2002 Credit: ITV Border

A man who played for Hawick RFC when they won the 2002 BT Cup Final has flown in from New Zealand for a surprise visit to see them try and repeat the feat 13 years later.

Craig Dunlea flew 12,000 miles from Christchurch to Hawick specially to watch his team in this weekend's match.

He told ITV Border he couldn't miss his rugby team's big moment and can't wait for the final.

Twenty buses are expected to head up to Murryfield from the town, full of supporters cheering their boys on.

Scotland and British and Irish Lions' fullback Stuart Hogg is also expected to be in attendance to back his home town club.

Former choirmaster jailed for indecent images

A former choirmaster from Kendal has been jailed for distributing and making indecent images of children.

Some of the still and moving pictures found on two laptops seized by police from Hugh Davies featured boys believed to be aged 10.

A number were classed as being in category A - the most serious level.

Following his arrest, the 63-year-old, of Park Street, pleaded guilty to 18 charges of making indecent photographs of children, 11 of distribution and one of asking another computer user to send an indecent photograph.

The offences were committed between 2009 and 2014.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, Davies was sent to prison for two-and-a-half years by Judge Barbara Forrester, who told him: "I view this offences very seriously indeed."

The court heard Davies was convicted in 2011 of downloading indecent images of children.

On that occasion he was fined by a district judge and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for five years.

A former conductor for Kendal South Choir, he was once described as a "leading figure" in the town's music community.


Love rat

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A man from Portling has been fined £710 after releasing rats into the home of his partner, who has a rodent phobia.

Lee Thompson's wife had taken court action to evict him from their home.

To retaliate, he bought the two rats and put them in the attic of the house in Caulstran Road, in Dumfries

Their presence was discovered after his wife and a relative heard scuttling coming from the attic and found rat food and a pan of water.

In the court, Thompson admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a person fear or alarm by putting the rats on the property in May last year.

He was also originally accused of placing dead fish under carpets and behind skirting board, but fiscal depute Jennifer McGill deleted that from the charge.

She told the court that the couple had been married 12 years but the relationship broke down a month prior to the offence.

Ann Thompson then took legal action to have her husband removed from the house and within hours he went to the pet shop and bought the rats.

When Mrs Thompson returned with a friend to the house later they found empty boxes from the pet shop with literature about caring for rats.

Solicitor Carolyn Priestley said the relationship had now resumed and the couple were back living together and working things out.

Job cuts at University of Cumbria

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Sixty staff roles could be cut at the University of Cumbria in order to help make savings of up to £6 million over the next academic year.

The University claims the staff reductions can be made through voluntary redundancies.

But despite these budget cuts, the University has confirmed it will continue investing in its facilities to try to and attract more students.

Thieves target cars in rural areas

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Police are warning residents and tourists to be extra vigilant after a spate of thefts from vehicles parked in rural areas.

Within the last two days, there have been six reports of this type of crime, two of which were at the Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick.

Items stolen range from laptops and IPODS, to walking equipment.

Police are reminding the public not to leave valuable items on show.

People are leaving handbags and valuables in full view which makes it easier for these criminals.

You need to remove all valuables from your vehicle – do not put them in the glove box or in the boot as the offenders may be watching, hence the rear windscreens being smashed."

– Laura Jackson, Police Community Support Officer
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