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Appeal for 43-year-old man missing from Whitehaven

A 43-year-old man has gone missing from Whitehaven.

Neal Bellard was last seen leaving his home address this morning. It is believed he was driving a 2006 Blue Seat Altea.

Police are concerned for his wellbeing and appeal to anyone who may have seen Mr Bellard to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police.

Around The House: Tonight on ITV

Around The House is on ITV at 10.40pm, or 11.10pm on Freeview in the South of Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Our Westminster correspondent Paul Brand is joined by four new election candidates for a lively debate on immigration and the economy.

Paul Brand and studio guests Credit: ITV Border

Around The House is on ITV tonight at 10.40pm, or at 11.10pm on Freeview in the South of Scotland.

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Border bridges for new 1st Class stamps

Some of the UK's most dramatic bridges are celebrated in a new set of stamps launched by Royal Mail.

Ten bridges feature in the collection of first-class stamps, while a special postmark will be issued today.

The featured Border region bridges are:

Royal Border Bridge (1850) - Berwick-upon-Tweed:

Credit: Royal Mail

Row Bridge (1700s) - Lake District:

Credit: Royal Mail

Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail, said:

The story of Britain's engineering genius can be found in its bridges. These new stamps celebrate 10 beautiful and ground-breaking landmarks that span centuries of our history.

– – ANDREW HAMMOND, HEAD OF STAMPS AND COLLECTIBLES AT ROYAL MAIL

And the winner is......

Last night we brought you a preview of the tough cook-off that was about to take place featuring two young, talented chefs from Carlisle.

Callum Allardice and Mary Docton battled it out last night, cooking a two course meal for judges at Carlisle Youth Zone.

17-year-old Callum was named the winner and presented with his chef's whites and will now become a trainee at Carlisle restaurant, The Shabby Scholar.

Carlisle plays host to pre-Cheltenham race action

Carlisle Racecourse hosts an afternoon jumps meeting today, with the first of seven races getting under way at 2pm.

Besides the action on the track, the fixture also includes a preview of next week's Cheltenham Festival, with a panel of racing experts offering their tips for the big annual four-day event, which starts on Tuesday March 10th.

It will be a busy afternoon for top jockey Brian Harding, who has three rides at Carlisle before joining the preview panel after the last race at 5.15pm to give his insight on the festival - known as The Greatest Show on Turf.

Harding is among five of the top 20 in the jumps jockey championship who will be riding at Carlisle. The others are Tom Scudamore, Brian Hughes, Wilson Renwick and James Reveley.

Joining him on the panel in the Lloyd Motor Group Lawn Suites will be trainer Lucinda Russell and former champion jumps jockey Peter Scudamore, plus Cumbrian racing journalist and broadcaster John Budden. It will be chaired by Gordon Brown, Carlisle Racecourse raceday announcer, with free entry for all spectators who have attended the race meeting.

Gates open at 12 noon.

Carlisle Racecourse Credit: ITV Border News

"It's a nice double for everyone - a great afternoon's racing followed by a free Cheltenham preview just five days before the festival starts.

"There should be lots of tips and all the latest information about Cheltenham, including the Gold Cup, coming direct from the experts, which is the next best thing to getting it from the horse's mouth!"

– Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse's general manager

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Weather: Today

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Breezy and mostly cloudy but with some bright or sunny spells possible, mainly towards the south and east.

Staying generally dry although the cloud may be thick enough at times to give some light rain. Milder than of late. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Leading event organisers set to sample region's venues

Leading event organisers from around the UK will pay a 'flying' visit to Dumfries and Galloway next week to sample the superb range of venues and facilities on offer in the region.

As part of a special familiarisation organised by VisitScotland and Conference Dumfries to get to grips with one of Europe's longest zip wires, courtesy of Laggan Outdoor.

A number of Dumfries and Galloway businesses are offering tasters as part of the two-day trip, which takes place on 5th and 6th March and it's hoped it will bring extra business to the region.

Day one will see the group visit Easterbrook Hall, followed by a tour of The Crichton Church. They will also visit Laggan Outdoor in Castle Douglas, where they will take to the air on the UK’s Longest Zip Wire.

Europe’s longest Zip wires. Spanning 820 metres Credit: Laggan Outdoor

"Dumfries and Galloway has a huge amount to offer, not only in terms of its accommodation and business facilities, but also in terms of its scenery and its range of activities, which are key ingredients in attracting conferences and other business events to the region. Fam trips such as this are incredibly important as it gives leading event organisers the opportunity to see at first-hand exactly what the region has to offer."

– Caroline Lyons of VisitScotland's Business Tourism team

"Conference Dumfries' aim is to market Dumfries as a central point, geographically, and this is our opportunity to showcase Dumfries as a viable alternative to the Central Belt and the north of England's towns and cities.

"By creating a single point of contact for conference, meeting or training bookers, this allows us to compete on a national level with other destinations. We are all very excited and looking forward to welcoming our guests next week."

– Suzanne Jackson, Chair of Conference Dumfries

Moat Brae hosts World Book Day for Dumfries children

Moat Brae Credit: ITV Border News

Children from a Dumfries Primary school are visiting what will soon become Scotland's National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling.

Moat Brae house secured a grant of £300,000 earlier this week to finish its redevelopment.

The building, which inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan, is hosting today's event to celebrate world book day.

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