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Fire service support Cumbrian boy's surgery

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Credit: Facebook

Members of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service have posted a message of support for a 13-year-old boy, who is having surgery for a rare condition.

Daniel Gordon, from Brampton, has Chiari, which affects his brain and spinal cord.

His mum, Vikki, has created a Facebook event page, asking people to post messages of support for him, and to dress in purple to raise awareness of the condition.

Here are some of the messages:

Purple Thursday Credit: Facebook
Purple Thursday Credit: Facebook
Purple Thursday Credit: Facebook

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Southfield Technology College out of special measures

Southfield Technology College. Credit: ITV Border

A Workington school has been taken out of special measures... just two weeks before it's due to close.

Ofsted inspectors found improvements were still needed at Southfield Technology College, but that it is no longer failing.

It was put into special measures in January 2014.

It'll close at the end of term, to be replaced by a new academy that will open in September.

15-year-old girl bailed in Windermere murder investigation

Cumbria Police Credit: PA

A 15-year-old girl who was arrested as part of a murder investigation in Windermere, has been released on bail.

South Lakes Magistrates have now granted Cumbria Police a further 36 hours to question three other suspects.

They are:

  • Two men, aged 26 and 31, who are local to the area
  • One woman, aged 48, who was visiting Windermere

The investigation was launched after the body of 44-year-old Gordon James Smith was found in the Lake Road area of the town, on July 1.

The 15-year-old girl has been bailed until next Friday (10 July).

'He was the real hero': firefighter praises father who died after river rescue

Geoff Maxwell Credit: ITV Border

The firefighter who saved a young girl from the River Esk has paid tribute to her father, whose body was later found in the river.

Geoff Maxwell, a retained firefighter, described the moment he heard screams, and realised a family at the riverside were in trouble:

I heard a lot of screaming and at first I thought it was just the kids playing, splashing around.

But then the mother appeared and shouted for help, so I ran down, dived in and dragged the girl out."

– Geoff Maxwell

He says the girl's father must have kept her alive for at least five minutes before he arrived, and should be celebrated as a hero.

That father had been in the water for at least five minutes, keeping that child afloat.

So he's the hero in all of this - he kept that girl alive - I just jumped in and finished it off.

It was a real tragedy this."

– Geoff Maxwell

Watch the interview with Geoff:

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