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Two Whitehaven teenagers charged with robbery

Two teenagers have been charged in connection with an incident in Whitehaven Credit: PA

Two Whitehaven teenagers have been arrested and charged with robbery.

Billy Joe Blacklock, aged 19, and of no fixed address, was arrested yesterday. A 17-year-old from Whitehaven has also been detained in connection with the incident, which took place on July 28th.

Previously, a 19-year-old Whitehaven man was questioned by police but released without further action.

Carlisle charity cyclist aiming to raise money for rescued horseriders

Neil Foster, of Rockliffe, Carlisle, is aiming to cycle 180 miles for charity Credit: GNAAS

A Carlisle cyclist is hoping to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service by riding a 180-mile coast-to-coast route.

Neil Foster, of Rockcliffe, Carlisle, is undertaking the arduous journey in support of rescued horse riders, and the work the GNAAS does to rescue those injured in remote and rural areas.

In July of last year, Neil's step-daughter Molly was seriously injured when she was thrown from her horse, fracturing her vertebrae. She was airlifted to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where she went on to make a full recovery.

The number of horse-related incidents the GNAAS was called out to last year.

Neil, a former horse rider who now builds show jumps and courses for British Showjumping, will set off from Walney island, Cumbria, and cycle his way across to Whitby in North Yorkshire.


Chief Constable: policing 'not all about numbers'

Cumbria Police has launched its new £2.5m CCTV network - at a time when police officer numbers are being cut.

Chief Constable Jerry Graham says the technology will help them to fight crime, and that policing is "not all about numbers":

I think it would be very simplistic to say policing is all about numbers.

Head count, the number of police officers, the number of police staff is critically important, but we need the best equipment to try and keep people safe, the best radios, the best dogs and the best CCTV and this is part of our canon of tools that we can use to protect the public of Cumbria."

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham

Cumbrian Cricketer Ben Stokes has been dismissed in the Ashes

Ben Stokes lasts just two balls on day two of the third test Credit: PA

Ben Stokes has been dismissed after just two balls by fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.

Stokes fell for a duck in the midst of a remarkable performance for Johnson, who now becomes the fifth Australian to take 300 wickets in test cricket.

The New Zealand born Stokes first moved to Cockermouth when his father, Gerard Stokes, moved to the area to become coach at Working Town RLFC.


Great North Air Ambulance called to near-fatal motorcycle collison

The GNAA was called to the M6 just south of Tebay. Credit: GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has released details the M6 crash its team was called to yesterday.

It responded to a motorcycle collision in which a 59-year old woman suffered life-threatening injuries.

The GNAAS arrived on the scene at 12.30pm, where they provided emergency treatment before flying the patient to the Royal Preston Hospital.

The woman was described as 'critical' on arrival.

Speed reduction for A595 south of Whitehaven

A mile-long stretch of the A595 will now have a 50mph speed limit. Credit: PA

Commuters travelling between Whitehaven and Bigrigg will face a 10mph speed reduction from the end of August.

The mile-long stretch of road between Mirehouse Road junction and Bigrigg will be reduced from 60mph to 50mph, following several road safety audits by Highways England.

Motorists are warned to expect the use of temporary traffic lights while work to erect new road signs is undertaken.

The number of personal injury accidents along the road between 2005 and 2010.
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