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Further appeal to trace missing Lee Patterson

Missing Lee Patterson Credit: ITV Border News

34-year-old Lee Patterson went missing from Middlesbrough on Friday 12th December. He left his address on Marton Road but did not return as expected that evening.

Lee was thought to be intending to travel to Carlisle when he has strong links. Police have a sighting of him on a train leaving Middlesbrough at around 7.30am on Friday.

He is described as a white male, around 6ft tall and of large build. He has a fair, clean shaven complexion, blue/green eyes and short dark brown hair.

Lee was last seen wearing dark blue or black cotton joggers which have three Adidas-style stripes in a slightly lighter colour than the joggers. He was also wearing a very thin plain black zip up jacket which was half zipped up showing a light grey T-shirt with black writing and a logo on it, and blue trainers - possibly Nike Air Max.

As well as Cumbria, Lee also has connections with the Tyneside and Durham areas and residents in all these areas are asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 with any information.

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Bright idea to improve Cumbrian landscape

A project to remove hundreds of old overhead power lines and poles in an area of the Solway Coast has started. Some of the poles and lines are 60-years-old, and clearing them from the countryside is welcome news to the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The work's being carried by Electricity North West, helped by the Solway group and Natural England.

Kim Inglis went to find out more.

Three saltires branded a "waste of resources"

Flying three saltires at the English border crossing on the A1 has been branded a "waste of resources."

Now councillors on the Scottish side want to follow the lead of their southern counterparts and fly three separate flags.

Members of the Berwickshire Area Forum on Scottish Borders Council want the saltires replaced by the Union flag and a new Berwickshire banner and have just one saltire.

On the English side of the A1 at Lamberton there is a Un ion Jack, a Northumbrian flag and a St George's Cross.

Councillor John Slater, who represents Ayton, said:"It seems a waste of resources for three flags flying all the same."

Forum chairman Michael Cook said that while the council was responsible for putting up the original three flagposts it was now the Scottish Transport Minister who decides what flags are flown on the border crossing.

It was agreed that he writes to the Scottish Government requesting that Saltire, Union and Berwickshire flags be flown at Lamberton.

If the move was approved, Berwickshire would need to design a flag as it does not currently have one.

The A1 trunk road is currently managed by Amey on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Police find missing pensioner's car

The car has been located in the Little Salkeld area Credit: ITV Border News

Police have confirmed Mr Parry's car has been found in the Little Salkeld area.

John Michael Parry was last seen near Roper Street, Penrith, at around midnight on Monday 15th December.

Searches are taking place around the Eden Valley.

Our reporter Hannah McNulty has this report from Lazonby.

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Three communities get keys to securing their own future

A community pool, allotments, library and playgroup all face a bright future after Cumbria County Council agreed to hand over buildings and land worth of more than £300,000.

The council’s Cabinet today agreed to the free transfer of the following community assets, enabling local people to take over running services:

  • Former Shap sports hall site and Courthouse to Shap Community Building Group (market value in the region of £240,000)
  • Wigton swimming pool to Wigton Baths Trust (market value in the region of £50,000)
  • Former highways depot at Kirkland, Lamplugh, to Lamplugh Parish Council (market value in the region of £25,000)

“I’m delighted our communities are embracing the opportunity to take on local services, to help secure them for the future. The council is facing an unprecedented financial challenge and by working with communities we can look at delivering services differently in the future. As the organisation downsizes, we will increasingly be looking to communities to help themselves. These three transfers are excellent examples of how this can work for both the council and for local communities."

– Councillor David Southward, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for property

Underley Hall School - Police cleared

Underley Hall School Credit: ITV Border News

A review of a police investigation into historical sex abuse at a school in Cumbria has cleared the police of any misconduct.

The review focused on the standard of the 1996 police investigation into sexual and physical abuse at Underley Hall School between the 1970's and 1990's.

The review by the Police and Crime Commissioner found no evidence of any misconduct relating to the how investigation was conducted or negligence on behalf of any investigating officers.

Text Santa appeal helping people with dementia

Now tomorrow night a host of celebrities including George Clooney will be taking part in the charity extravaganza Text Santa on ITV.

The show raises money and awareness for 6 UK based charities in the run up to the big night and tonight we're focussing on the Alzhemier's Society which will receive a share of all donations this year.

In Cumbria, 8,000 people have dementia. We've been to meet one couple from Carlisle to hear how the money will help them.

Cumbria police launch “12 Days of Christmas”

“12 Days of Christmas” Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police are reminding the local community to keep their home and belongings safe this Christmas.

With only a week until Christmas Day the majority of people will have decorated their tree, wrapped some presents, and will be thinking about exchanging gifts.

Security may not be at the forefront of people’s minds, so Cumbria police have issued some crime prevention advice to remind people not to let thieves steal their Christmas.

“We will be strengthening police patrols in our neighbourhoods to reassure residents and deter thieves. There will be local initiatives to provide communities with all the information they need to keep themselves and their property secure this Christmas."

– Superintendent Andy Towler

In order to help, the police have issued a version of the “12 Days of Christmas” in an online booklet which raises awareness to some key issues.

“The “12 Days of Christmas” focuses on twelve ways to help you stay safe this Christmas and includes helpful reminders to help people to be safe and secure over the festive period. Our aim is to try and ensure that everyone has a happy and safe Christmas.”

– Superintendent Andy Towler
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