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NHS Chief Executive apologises to dementia families

Darataigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway has apologised to families in Stranraer, after their loved ones were moved from the town's dementia facility.

Darataigh dementia unit was closed temporarily because repairs had to be carried out to the boiler.

However, families then said they had been informed that the closure was permanent, meaning they would have to make the 75-mile trip to Dumfries to visit their loved ones on a permanent basis.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has since said it will re-open Darataigh for the duration of a six-month consultation into the site's future.

Chief Executive Jeff Ace has now apologised to the families over how they were treated:

I think I need to apologise, we didn't communicate effectively, either about what our current dementia model is, and how Darataigh is used, or how we want dementia services to be in the west of the region."

– Jeff Ace, Chief Executive

Police appeal after diamond ring robbery

Police are appealing for information. Credit: PA

A 60-year-old woman has been left distressed after a robber took a diamond ring from her finger in The Lanes in Carlisle.

The victim was pushed against the wall in the temporary toilets at 1pm, on 25 November.

The ring was taken from her finger but the offender dropped it as they tried to escape, and the victim was able to recover it.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and saw anyone acting suspiciously.


Tribute to 'much loved father' who died of 'carbon monoxide poisoning'

The scene. Credit: ITV Border

The family of a man who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Peebles, have paid tribute to him.

Michael Travers, 59, from Larkhall, was staying at the Soonhope Chalets with his family when the incident happened late on Saturday night.

Mr Travers managed to raise the alarm after finding his family unconscious, but fell ill himself and was pronounced dead at the property when medics arrived.

His 60-year-old wife and 31-year-old son were taken to hospital, seriously ill.

Michael’s family have issued the following statement in tribute to him:

Michael was a much loved husband and father and we are devastated by his death.

He loved spending time at our holiday home near Peebles and we are comforted that he spent his last few days there.

We are grateful for the support of friends and family and would ask the media to please leave us alone to grieve privately.”

– Family statement

Friends of Blencathra still hope to buy after mountain removed from sale

Blencathra was put up for sale to meet an inheritance tax bill. Credit: ITV News Border

The Friends of Blencathra committee has confirmed that it is still in talks with the Earl of Lonsdale to buy the mountain after reports it has been removed from sale.

The group was set up 18 months ago to resist the proposed sale of the North Lakeland mountain for £1.75million, which comes with the title 'Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld'.

At the time, Hugh Lowther, the Earl of Lonsdale, said the sale was necessary to pay a £9million inheritance tax bill, which had to be paid within 10 years of his father's death.

However, agents activing on his behalf say they "had to make alternative arrangements" to meet the inheritance tax bill as the deadline approached, and have therefore decided to stop actively marketing the mountain.

"In spite of there being several interested parties, we have been unable to conclude a sale and, as alternative arrangements have had to be made to deal with the estate's inheritance tax issues, the need for an early disposal has been removed. We have therefore been instructed to remove the property from the market."

– Shirley Dodd, property sales administrator for H&H Land and Property

Agents say they have had to sell properties that are currently occupied, an eventuality they were trying to avoid by selling Blencathra. However, they say these properties have been sold with the tenants in place.

They told ITV Border "bits and pieces have come together to allow us to meet the bill", by selling a mixture of properties and other parts of the estate.

They maintained that the mountain would still be for sale "if the right buyer could be found, at the right price." The Friends of Blencathra hopes that will be them.

"After a period of some uncertainty the vendors of the Saddleback mountain have recently confirmed to the charity that they remain keen to sell the mountain and, in particular, would like to sell to the charity if suitable terms can be agreed. Discussions are now in play to that end. Transactions involving the sale and purchase of extraordinary landholdings, such as this one, are always complex and time consuming. Here the matter is more complicated still as a result of the number of stakeholders involved in the decision making process.”

– Janet Turner QC, lawyer acting for the Friends of Blencathra

Kingmoor Park to become Enterprise Zone

Kingmoor Park. Credit: ITV Border

Kingmoor Park's bid to become an Enterprise Zone has been successful, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Spending Review today.

Here is what you need to know about the business park:

It is a former RAF site, will two million square feet of office space available.

It is already home to around 100 businesses supporting 2,000 job.

Another 3,000 jobs could be created when it becomes an Enterprise Zone, from April 2016.

Workington's Lillyhall fails in Enterprise Zone bid

George Osborne's review surprised many people. Credit: PA

Lillyhall, in Workington, has missed out on a bid to become an Enterprise Zone.

In his Spending Review, Chancellor George Osborne announced that Kingmoor Park in Carlisle will be one of 25 new or extended zones.

But while Kingmoor Park has been successful, Lillyhall business park in Workington has NOT been named one of the Enterprise Zones.

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