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Rise in Cumbrian patients treated by Northumbria NHS Trust

When people need an operation they generally want to be treated as close to home as possible. But figures obtained by ITV Border show a big rise in the number of planned operations on Cumbrian patients taking place in Northumberland.

The biggest increase is in orthopaedic procedures. One former consultant has told this programme it reflects "chaotic management" at North Cumbria University Hospitals. The Trust denies that and explains that it's helping to reduce waiting lists. Katie Hunter reports:

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Stranger tries to grab 9-year-old outside school

The incident happened outside Kingmoor Infant School on Hether Drive. Credit: ITV Border

A 9-year-old boy was approached by a stranger who grabbed his arm outside a school in Carlisle.

The boy managed to free himself from the man and get away from him.

It's believed to have happened around 5pm on 14th November, outside Kingmoor Infant School on Hether Drive.

Police are investigation the incident are have worked with the school in an attempt to reassure parents.

“We appeal to anyone who may have any information on this incident get in touch. Thankfully these type of incidents are very rare in Carlisle and whilst the victim did not receive any injuries, he was understandably upset about the incident.

– Inspector Andy Hanson , Cumbria Police

Border region troops train in Poland

Troops from the Border region are among hundreds currently on a training exercise in Poland. The Army says it's to show Eastern European states that they can be confident they'll get help should they need it.

The promise through NATO comes as political tensions with Russia increase. The exercise is called Operation Black Eagle and as David Wood reports it has more importance than a routine training exercise.

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