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Police investigate several burglaries of South Lakes businesses

A number of businesses were broken into around the South Lakes Credit: PA

Police are investigating a spate of burglaries that have happened across the South Lakes area.

Several business premises were broken into, where money from safes and tills were stolen. They include:

  • A caravan park in Meathop and Crooklands.
  • Two caravan parks in Endmoor.
  • A motor vehicle garage in Crooklands.
  • Three business premises in Sedwick, Flookborough and Cartmel.

Cumbria Police are urging business owners to remain vigilant and to keep doors and windows locked, as well as to not leave any valuables at the property overnight.

Police also encourage business owners to ensure they install CCTV cameras and extra security measures to help prevent or detect such crimes.

Anyone with more information is urged to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or by emailing 101@cumbria.police.uk and ask to speak to DC Ian Garratt. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Gelt Gladiator founder sentenced in court for health and safety breaches

Mike James was given a 10-month suspended sentence Credit: ITV Border

The founder of a muddy endurance event, held near Brampton, has been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court for health and safety breaches.

Mike James, of Endurance Sports which runs the Gelt Gladiator event, was given a 10-month sentence suspended for two years, today, Thursday 27 July.

He was found guilty for failing to ensure people were not exposed to health and safety risks and failing to report an incident to Carlisle City Council within 10 days.

He was instructed to wear a tag for 15 weeks, from 9pm to 6am, and to pay £20,000 in costs.

He also has to do 250 hours of community service.

Cumbria Cycling Strategy approved by Cabinet

It is hoped the plan will be approved be fully approved by the autumn Credit: PA

A new plan for Cumbria to get more people to cycle has been approved by the county council’s Cabinet.

The aim of the Cumbria Cycling Strategy is to improving people’s health and the county’s economy. The strategy has been developed by a wide range of partners including Cumbria County Council, British Cycling, and more.

The new scheme focuses on:

  • Promoting cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Enabling cycling to support the Cumbrian economy.
  • Promoting Cumbria as the best place to cycle.
  • Improving the cycling infrastructure to enable more cycling.

Cumbria County Council say that they look forward to the plan being agreed by all the partners involved:

Ours is a spectacular county and cycling in Cumbria is going from strength to strength. This strategy capitalises on that and will help the county reap the economic and health benefits that getting more people out on their bikes could bring.”

– Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member, Public Health and Community Services

Cumbria Cycling Strategy is now in the process of being formally approved by the organisations involved. It is hoped that all partners will have done so by the autumn.

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