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Mountain biker rescued in Lake District

A mountain biker was airlifted to hospital after being knocked unconscious while out riding on one of Cumbrian's most popular tracks.

The 33-year-old man from Stockport was riding in Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District when he came off his bike.

The Great North Air Ambulance and local mountain rescue volunteers were called at around 10:45am this morning.

The man was taken to a waiting helicopter and flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

He suffered head, leg and arm injuries but is described as being in a stable condition.

Rescuers praised staff at Whinlatter Forest for their help in getting the man to hospital.

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Two dead in A74(M) crash

Two die in fatal crash near Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Two people have died in an accident on the A74(M) near Gretna.

Police Scotland has confirmed that the driver and the passenger in the car died at the scene.

They were travelling southbound when their car crashed into a bridge near junction 21 at 6am this morning.

No other car was involved.

The southbound carriageway has been closed for accident investigators to survey the scene.

No further details about the victims have been released.

Police responded to a one vehicle crash on the A74 shortly after 6am.

The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes running southbound are closed for police inquiries.

Diversions have been put in place.

– Police Scotland spokesperson

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the Police Scotland non-emergency number on 101

Vandals damage Workington speedway track

Vandals caused more than £100,000 worth of damage at Workington speedway training track Credit: ITV

Vandals have caused more than £100,000 worth of damage to a Speedway training track in Workington.

A fire in the club house and slashes to the safety barriers have meant the team of volunteers have cancelled the Under 16 British Youth Championship, the biggest meeting on their calendar.

Paul Bickley, a volunteer a the track, said:

We are hoping we can repair some of the damage quickly and get the meeting rearranged. This track is for kids and I can't understand why anyone would target kids. It can't be an accident as walls for the new pits were smashed and the safety barriers slashed as well as the fire. We are going to do our best to get up and running as soon as possible as we know what it means to the kids that use it.

– Paul Bickley, Volunteer at
Safety barriers were slashed by vandals Credit: ITV

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Two dead in car crash near Gretna

Two people have died in a car crash in Dumfries and Galloway.

It happened on the A74(M) near Gretna at around 6am. The road was closed southbound shortly after the incident.

A police spokesperson said:

At around 0600 hours, police and emergency services responded to reports of a one vehicle road traffic crash on the A74, southbound, close to junction 21.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes of the road running southbound close to junction 21 are currently closed to allow for police enquiry. Diversions are in place.

– Police Scotland

History of Carlisle Castle commemorated

A special event to commemorate the history of Carlisle Castle is being held today. There will be re-enactments of historical events relating the castle. Organisers promise everything from Redcoats to Khaki as they demonstrate weapons and equipment around what they call a "Living History" of tents. The castle, which dates back to 1092 when is was built by William II, is the most besieged in England. The castle served as a prison to Mary Queen of Scots in 1568, before featuring prominently during the English Civil War. The event runs today and tomorrow, Monday, 31st August.

Carlisle Castle has seen so many battles through the ages and played such a pivotal part in the city's rich history. This event is going to be exciting and we're pleased to be able to stage the re-enactment as it played out all those years ago. It's a fascinating era in history and something that the entire family will enjoy.

– Carl Hutton, English Heritage Events Manager for the North

Labour leadership hopeful in Carlisle

Andy Burnham to speak in Carlisle Credit: PA

The Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham is appearing in Carlisle this evening. Mr Burnham will talk to supporters at the Old Fire Station at 6:30pm. He is one of four candidates vying for the leadership of the party. The others are Liz Kendall, Jeremy Corbyn and Yvette Cooper. More than 550,000 are eligible to vote in the contest which will be announced on Saturday, 12th September 2015.

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