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Employers 'missing out' says mental health charity

In the main cafe in Workington Community Hospital, thanks to West House, a voluntary organisation is providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

At the Carlisle branch of MENCAP officials say that some employers are ignorant and frightened of taking on someone with learning disabilities.

Adam Farrer and Claire Coleman work at the cafe and explain why they love their jobs:

"You're [employers] are missing out on some really good people, very talented people, who can enhance your company."

– Sheila Gregory is the Chief executive at Carlisle MENCAP

MENCAP is determined to encourage more businesses to get involved.

Read: 'Employers are missing out on some really talented people'


Woman in hospital after A66 crash

The Great North Air Ambulance assisted with the crash. Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A 57-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a crash on the A66, west of Penrith.

She was treated at the scene for head injuries at the scene. It's believed her injuries are not life threatening.

It happened today (28th November) around 11.30am.

Outrageous assault - victim hospitalised

A man has been taken to hospital after being assaulted at a nightclub, Outrageous, in Carlisle.

On Sunday 23rd November at 3.15am police were called to the nightclub on English Street. A 22-year-old man had received serious injuries to his head and face during an alleged assault and was taken to Cumberland Infirmary.

A man, aged 36 from Carlisle, was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until 19th December 2014 while enquiries continue.

“The victim is recovering from his injuries and we are working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident. We appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed what happened to get in touch.”

– DC Gary Taylor, Cumbria Police

Be safe on Black Friday

People are being reminded to be careful when shopping on Black Friday.

In America, Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving in the US that kick-starts the Christmas season. To celebrate many American stores offer lots of heavily discounted one-day deals, but usually it’s only on one or two big star products.

Read: What is Black Friday?

It's a day which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

Police Scotland have issued the following advice:

  • Use cash machines in well lit, non-secluded areas and stay alert.
  • Check the machine hasn't been tampered with, hide your PIN, beware of who is behind you and keep your cash out of view.
  • When you're out Christmas shopping, you might not realise how much all the presents you're carrying are worth - look after your shopping bags and don't leave them out of view.
  • If you're driving to the shops, park your car in a busy, well-lit area.
  • Don't keep any presents you've bought in the car for longer than you have to and always keep them out of view.
  • Ensure your bag in closed and not easily accessible when not being used.

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Inquiry finds: Borders farmer killed in machine accident

A Borders farmer was dragged into a grain auger after it became entangled with his shoe lace, a fatal accident inquiry has been told. Credit: Borders Press Agency

A Borders farmer was dragged into a grain auger after it became entangled with his shoe lace, a fatal accident inquiry has been told.

Jim Sharp, 66, died of multiple injuries after entering a silo containing several feet of barley at his farm steading at Newbigging Walls near Lauder in March.

Sergeant Graeme Shearer - a Disaster Victim Identification officer with Police Scotland - said in a statement read out at Selkirk Sheriff Court how he was called to the farm to recover the body from the silo and had been told there had been no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

He explained how he located and cut the metal auger blade and unwound clothing from the screw including badly shredded navy overalls and jeans. Sergeant Shearer concluded that a shoe lace was the first thing that had become entangled with the rotating blade.

Health and Safety Executive Inspector Hazel Dobb said Mr Sharp was a self-employed farmer with no employees and no enforcement action needed to be taken. She added the electricity supply should have been isolated before the silo was entered to remove the power from the auger.

Summing up, procurator fiscal Louise Graham said: "The cause of the accident resulting in the death is that it appears Mr Sharp entered the grain silo but there is no evidence why that is the case.

"There may well have been a problem with the sweep auger on that date.

"When in the grain silo his boot lace has become entangled within the sweep auger."

She added it is not known how the lace came into contact with the auger. Delivering his determination Sheriff Peter Paterson said that Mr Sharp was pronounced dead at 14.25 on March 17th at his farm and that the cause of the death was a result of multiple injuries after his body became entangled with the rotating grain auger. He made no recommendations.

He extended his sympathies to Mr Sharp's wife Obie and two children who were in court for the 15 minute hearing.

Mr Sharp was one of Scotland's best known farmers. He was a former livestock convener of NFU Scotland and a prominent breeder of Blackface sheep. Mr Sharp was also captain of Melrose Rugby Club for several seasons.


It's electric: Windermere rail to benefit from £16m funding

Credit: ITV Border

Baroness Kramer, the Government's Transport Minister, was at Windermere station to officially launch the plan to electrify the 10 mile rail line between Windermere and Oxenholme.

South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, says the announcement of a £16m investment to electrify the Windermere rail line will boost tourism and attract new businesses to the area.

Credit: ITV Border

Mental health charity seeks employers help

Adam Farrer and Claire Coleman who work at Cafe West in Workington Community Hospital. West House is a voluntary organisation providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Credit: ITV Border

A leading mental health charity has accused employers across Cumbria of being ignorant and frightened when it comes to taking on staff with learning disabilities.

Five per cent of people living in the county have a learning disability, higher than the national average, but MENCAP says not enough bosses are doing their bit, and are missing out on the benefits.

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