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'Locally extinct' fishes found in lake

Two adult vendace were spotted during the annual fish survey of Bassenthwaite Lake. Credit: ITV Border

Britain's rarest freshwater fish is returning to Cumbria, more than a decade after being declared 'locally extinct'.

Two adult vendace were spotted during the annual fish survey of Bassenthwaite Lake. It's an improvement on last year's survey, which found a single young vendace.

Almost 100 Cumbrian under-18s caught drink driving

91 Cumbrian under-18s were apprehended between 2008 and 2013 Credit: JOHN GILES/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nearly 100 under-18s were caught drink driving in Cumbria between 2008 and 2013.

The figures were released by Cumbria Constabulary, and 42 other police forces, after a Freedom of Information Act request by in-car camera provider Nextbase.

They also released the number of under-16s, and the youngest person who was apprehended.

  • Under-18s: 91
  • Under-16s: 31
  • Youngest offender: 14 years old


Schools trial online payment system

An online payment system will allow parents to pay for school trips and meals online. Credit: JANERIK HENRIKSSON / SCANPIX/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Three schools in Selkirk are taking part in a trial of an automated online payment system.

The system will allow parents and carers to pay for all school related services online including school outings, residentials and school uniforms. It will also allow parents to choose and pay for their child’s school meal online in advance. Provision will be made throughout the pilot for anyone who is unable or chooses not to use the online system.

The schools taking part are Selkirk High School, Philiphaugh Community School and Knowepark Primary School.

“This is an exciting opportunity for parents to trial a new system which should provide a number of benefits, both for them and the schools who are taking part.

Online payments make life easier for parents and are more secure as money cannot be lost by children en route to school. They are also more efficient for schools and will reduce the administrative time these tasks currently take, which will in turn improve the overall service provided. I would therefore encourage as many parents as possible to take part in the pilot.”

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s Executive Member for Education

The pilot, which is set to begin after the October holidays, will run for six months during which an evaluation of the system will be undertaken.

Friendship cairn a 'lasting symbol of unity'

Stones continued to be added to the cairn after September's referendum. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Gretna's friendship cairn will remain in place as a "lasting symbol of unity" between England and Scotland, the Hands Across The Border group have confirmed.

The cairn, made of thousands of stones left by visitors from all over the world, was built in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum.


Council's stadium report to shape future projects

A council has been criticised in a report into the collapse of a multi-million pound scheme to build a sports stadium in west Cumbria.

The £5.5 million Stadium was planned for Whitehaven but never got off the ground. The report was commissioned by Copeland Borough Council to find out what lessons could be learned from the failed project. Hannah McNulty has this report.

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