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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


RNLI say Eyemouth boat is in service

The RNLI say their Eyemouth crew have not been off service at any point today.

It's after St Abbs station crew claimed the Trent class all-weather boat in Eyemouth Harbour is confined to the harbour due to tidal restrictions.

A spokesperson at RNLI said: "The crew at Eyemouth were offshore doing an exercise today, but at no point were they off service. In the event there are tidal restrictions, which happens around 12 times a year, it would only be for 55 minutes at a time".

St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat volunteers are to protest later today against a planned closure of their station.


RNLI Eyemouth boat 'confined to harbour'

The RNLI boat at St Abbs Credit: ITV Border

An RNLI Lifeboat has been confined to the harbour for 2 and a half hours today, according to the RNLI service at St Abbs.

On their Facebook page, the St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat Station wrote: "Between the hours of 10am until 12.30pm today Eyemouth's Trent Class All-weather Lifeboat is confined to harbour, due to tidal restrictions....basically,there is not enough water in the harbour entrance for the boat to put to sea."

Volunteers in St Abbs are protesting later today against a planned closure of their station later this year.

The RNLI are planning to close the station following a review, and providing coverage to the 35 mile stretch of coastline with a new D class lifeboat from Eyemouth.

Lightning strike knocks out power to hundreds of homes

Around 500 homes in Houghton near Carlisle were left without power when lightning struck a transformer on an overhead power line. It happened between 5 and 6 am as storms passed through Cumbria. Electricity North West says engineers have managed to reconnect power to around 400 properties and are bringing in generators for the remaining houses.

Houghton near Carlisle was worst affected by the storms Credit: ITV News Border

In total, around 800 properties across Cumbria were left without power after storms swept across the county. Engineers are also working on issues in Kirklinton and Hawkshead. It's believed many will be reconnected in the next few hours and Electricity North West says it's not had any reports of further issues developing.

Woman dies after Cockermouth fall

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A 24-year-old woman has died after falling from Haystacks in the Lake District.

Cumbria Police and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called to reports that a woman had fallen at 4pm on Wednesday 1st July.

An RAF Sea King helicopter and an air ambulance attended to assist in the rescue.

The woman was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where she was pronounced dead after she sustained fatal head injuries.

She has been named as as Victoria Harris, aged 24, from the Manchester area.

During the same incident another woman was also winched to safety by the RAF helicopter but was uninjured.

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