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Pirelli tyre thief given community order

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A man who stole tyres and sold them on eBay, has been given a two year community order.

Mark Claxton, aged 55, pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing.

Claxton was employed by Pirelli Tyres in Carlisle when police discovered a criminal enterprise between himself and lorry driver, Graham Wait.

Stolen tyres were taken from the Pirelli factory and put on eBay, where both men cashed in on the sales.

Graham Wait is due to be sentenced on 4th April 2016. The jury returned an unanimous guilty verdict.


Appleby landslip closes Settle to Carlisle line

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The Settle to Carlisle railway line was shut to all trains last night after aerial monitoring confirmed the scale of ground movement in the railway embankment at Appleby.

Engineers are planning repairs to fix the issue and minimise the chances of further landslips in the same area in the future.

A road replacement service for passengers will be in place between Appleby and Carlisle.

Consistent high levels of rainfall have saturated the ground and caused this slip, which has affected the stability of the railway through the area. Our aerial footage highlighted the scale of ground movement which has led us to close the line as a precaution while we confirm the next steps to tackle this issue. We do know extensive repairs will be needed to fix this."

– Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail

Jordan Watson murder trial: Jury retires for weekend

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The jury in the trial of three men accused of murdering schoolboy Jordan Watson has retired for the weekend.

The 14-year-old's body was found in Upperby Cemetery on 16 June 2015.

Today, the jury found George Thomson, 19, and Brahnn Finley, 19, guilty of murder - both by unanimous verdict.

The jury is still considering the verdict for the third defendant, Daniel Johnston, 20.

They are due back in court on Monday (8 February 2016) morning.

Johnston denies any involvement in Jordan Watson's death.

Second man found guilty of murdering Jordan Watson

Brahnn Finley. Credit: Cumbria Police

A second man has been found guilty of the murder of Carlisle teenager Jordan Watson.

Brahnn Finley, 19, was found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court today (5 February) by a unanimous verdict.

Another defendant, George Thomson, also 19, was found guilty by unanimous verdict earlier today.

Schoolboy Jordan's body was found in Upperby Cemetery on 16 June 2015, with "terrible injuries".

The jury has yet to reach a verdict for the third defendant, Daniel Johnston, 20, who denies any involvement in Jordan Watson's death.

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