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Panthers on the prowl

Carlisle Panthers basketball team are preparing for their new season under the guidance of former Argentina International Diego Maggi. The Panthers who run Senior, wheelchair and junior sides are looking to raise the profile of the sport in Cumbria and encourage a new generation of players to take up the game. Ryan Dollard reports.

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Heritage enthusiasts sought to survey listed buildings

Are you passionate about where you live and keen to save your area's historic landmarks? If so, there might be a job for you!

Yes because volunteers are being sought to help survey listed buildings in West Cumbria and full training on what to look for will be given.

In a moment we'll be speaking to Rose Lord from the North of England Civic Trust about how you can get involved, but first this report from Kate Walby.

To find out more about the scheme, click here.

Mental health charity seeks help from employers

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. Paul Crone reports

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Minister: Rail upgrade 'absolutely crucial'

The Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, says the electrification of the Windermere rail line is 'absolutely crucial.'

She was speaking after announcing the £16m investment, at Windermere station.

The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route for the first time.

She says it is vital for visitors and locals to improve the links to Manchester Airport.

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.

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