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Survivor of domestic abuse supports Cumbria Victims Charitable Trust

Cumbria is one of the safest places to live in the UK but last year there were over 24,000 crimes reported across the county.

Today, a new charitable trust was launched specifically designed to help the victims of crime in the region.

One woman from west Cumbria, who suffered repeated domestic abuse when with her ex-partner, supports the new initiative.

Lake District park authorities consider 250k upgrade plans

Artist impression of how the upgraded Waterhead promenade could look Credit: South Lakeland District Council

Finalised proposals for a quarter of a million pound upgrade to the Waterhead, on the northern shore of Windermere, are due to go before Lake District national park planners.

The plans were drawn up following a public consultation which received more than 170 responses.

South Lakeland District Council is investing £250,000 to fund the improvements and Lakes Parish Council is also committing up to £20,000 to the scheme.

The council says the key aims of the project are to:

  • deliver a promenade which residents and businesses can be proud of
  • improve the visitor experience and create an environment which encourages people to return
  • restore and enhance existing features along the promenade
  • make better use of space along the waterfront, improving it for pedestrians
  • deliver a sustainable and environmentally friendly scheme, using durable materials which are locally sourced


Police safety reminder after Supergran's 'incredible bravery'

Credit: ITV Border

Police have reminded the public to call them when faced with danger after a seventy-year-old shop assistant took on a would-be robber.

Grandmother Rhoda Sharkey received a bravery award at a ceremony yesterday after fending off the intruder last November.

But while police have commended her courage, they have reminded the public to put safety first when faced with a similar situation.

Rhoda Sharkey showed great courage during the incident, and demonstrated incredible bravery when faced with a robbery.

However the safety of local people is our top priority, and I would always urge anyone who finds themselves in a potentially violent incident to put their personal safety first, and if possible withdraw from the situation and call the police on 999.”

– Chief Inspector David Gartland


John Nixon to stand down as CUFC's Managing Director

John Nixon Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United's Managing Director John Nixon says he will stand down once the Club's new ownership has been confirmed, claiming the Blues need "fresh blood".

The move was reportedly agreed during negotiations with potential new owner Andrew Lapping.

But, according to a statement posted on the Club's website, his resignation will take place if the CUFC strikes a deal with the other investment group being considered alongside Mr Lapping.

We need fresh blood and fresh ideas and I am fully committed to stepping aside. It is something I talked about a year go. Whoever comes into the club will need to appoint their own new MD - their own person - and that is only right.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time at the Club. There have been some great times. The last three years have been difficult but I am a Carlisle United supporter at heart and I have done what I could for my club and by carrying out what the board wanted to do."

– John Nixon, Managing Director of Carlisle United Football Club

Mr Nixon has stated that he hopes to remain a shareholder and director of CUFC Holdings, which owns more than 90% of the Club.

Watch: Supergran battles robber

Watch a seventy-year-old grandmother from Cumbria battle a would-be robber, before grabbing a mop to chase him off outside the shop.

Footage courtesy of Cumbria Constabulary.

Rhoda Sharkey was at work in her son's corner shop in Egremont when a man came in and demanded money.

She received a bravery award at a ceremony yesterday, along with a new mop, for her efforts in fending off the intruder, who was later jailed.

At the end of the video, you can see her reach for the mop.

The moment Rhoda Sharkey reaches for the mop Credit: Cumbria Constabulary
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