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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Around 20,000 expected at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling last year. Credit: ITV Border

Around 20,000 people are expected at the Kendal Calling music festival, which begins today.

The event, held at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith, will feature acts including Elbow, Snoop Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs.

It's the 10th anniversary of Cumbria's biggest music festival.

Whitehaven schools' £33 million funding boost

Work on the £33m development should begin next year. Credit: ITV Border

A £33 million funding package for an education campus and community sports facilities in Whitehaven has now been agreed.

The development will be built on the current site of St Benedict's High School, and construction could start as early as next year.

The facilities will be used by St Benedict's, as well as Mayfield Special School, and the sports facilities will be accessible to the whole community.

This has been a passion of mine for a decade now. The work has been painstaking and at times gruelling but this shows what can be achieved when we all share a common vision.

These investments will be transformative for Whitehaven and for thousands of young people and their families now and in the future. It’s an enormous step forward. New schools, a new hospital, new nuclear investments. We’re building a new and exciting future and our best days are ahead of us."

– Jamie Reed MP
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