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Police hunt Carlisle robbers

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Carlisle this afternoon (Sunday 26th April).

Police were called at around 3:45pm today with a report that there was a robbery at Foreways News, Food and Wine on Blackwell Road.

No one was injured during the incident.

Two people, believed to male, were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road. They were wearing blue boiler suits and balaclavas.

Anyone with any information, or saw people matching the above description, are urged to call Cumbria Police on 101.


Scottish Borders man kept in Nepal by earthquake

John Richmond remains in Nepal Credit: John Richmond

A Scottish Borders man who was hoping to travel to Kathmandu today for a flight to Bankok has been forced to extend his stay at a guesthouse in Nepal following the massive earthquake.

John Richmond from Gordon, who runs a travel company that takes visitors to Nepal, is stranded at the New Marco Polo Guesthouse in Pokhara.

He updated his blog and Facebook page to tell people back home that he is safe and well, but shared the news that he can't travel to Kathmandu.

Unfortunately because of aftershocks through the night we couldn’t make the trip back to Kathmandu as the road was closed. So fingers are crossed (and a couple of toes!) that tonight is peaceful so we can get back tomorrow in time for a flight to Bangkok on Tuesday.

– John Richmond
John Richmond is staying in Pokhara Credit: John Richmond

Scottish Borders man blogs from Nepal earthquake

A man from the Scottish Borders has been blogging from Nepal following the earthquake that has killed more than 2000 people.

John Richmond from Gordon was in Pokhara when the first earthquake hit.

On his blog at he wrote:

So Sonam and family, us and Yuri, the other guest from Ukraine, headed out at high speed into the garden, lay down and waited while the universe shook for something like 5 minutes, apparently a 7.8 on the Richter scale. I have never been in an earthquake, don’t particularly want to be again. The experience of being on the second floor of a building which is being shaken, visibly – you could see the door frames moving and it was really difficult to stay standing – is a tad scary and to lie on the grass and feel and see the ground move violently underneath you is how should I put it, interesting.

– John Richmond

INTERVIEW: 'boulders the size of cars came crashing through the camp'

Cumbrian mountaineer Chris Harling has spoken to ITV News about boulders the size of cars crashing through base camp on Everest when the massive earthquake struck Nepal.

Chris, from Penrith, is a volunteer with Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and was leading the Adventure Peaks Everest North Ridge 2015 Expedition. All his team are unharmed and he says the area has largely escaped the avalanches that have left up to 17 climbers dead. He says his thoughts are with all of those caught up in the disaster, both on Everest and across Nepal.

They are remaining in the camp while they decide what is safest to do next. Hear his exclusive phone interview below:


Nepal earthquake 'ground felt like jelly beneath our feet'

A Cumbrian man has spoken of the terrifying moment the Nepal earthquake hit as he was leading an expedition up Everest. Chris Harling, an experienced mountaineer who is a volunteer with Keswick Mountain Rescue team, said all members of his team were unharmed.

Chris, who is from Penrith, described an 'eerie still evening' at Base Camp following the devastating earthquake Credit: Chris Harling

"Here in base camp we initially felt minor tremmors, then the ground began to feel like jelly as waves passed through the rocks beneath our feet. Climbers appeared from tents all over camp to try to start to comprehend what they were feeling. As the movement became more violent I expected the loose and precarious rocky slopes above the camp area to start shedding huge boulders - it was extremely alarming wondering if we were to be buried by rockfall. Sure enough, an area of steep cliffs did break off sending car sized boulders hurtling down only a few hundred metres from our tents. We are still feeling aftershocks hours later. Our thoughts are with any local staff working on Everest who may have been affected by losses in today's quake."

– Chris Harling in a post on his Facebook page
Chris Harling posted this photo from Everest base camp Credit: Chris Harling

At least 17 climbers have been killed and hundreds are stranded at base camps following avalanches triggered by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which has killed at least 1,900 people. The rescue operation is continuing in the affected area amid strong aftershocks.

Investigations continue after cash machine blown up during raid

Cumbria Police say they're following several lines of enquiry into a raid in which thieves blew up an ATM before stealing cash.

The robbery at the Cumberland Building Society on the Rosehill Industrial Estate in Carlisle took place at around 3.20 am on Saturday 25th April. A dark coloured BMW, believed to be carrying three people, was seen heading towards the M6 motorway.

Police haven't yet disclosed how much money was stolen and are continuing to appeal for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Stranraer 0 - 2 Morton

Stranraer have lost 0-2 to Greenock Morton at Stair Park.

The Blues were relying on results going their way, plus a win against Morton, to gain promotion to the Scottish Championships.

The club have tweeted about the disappointing result.

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