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Keswick Mountain Festival's programme released

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee is set to speak as part of the 2015 lineup Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Keswick Mountain Festival has unveiled the details of its 2015 programme.

Olympic, European and Commonwealth triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee is set to be a guest speaker at the event.

The festival will run from May 14 to 17 in the Lake District, and will offer a mixture of outdoor activities, speakers, sports events, and live music.


Payouts for potholes rises

The number of payouts for damage caused by potholes increased last year Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The number of payouts for damage caused by potholes went up last year in Cumbria.

272 claims were made against the Cumbria County Council for damage caused to their vehicles, a rise of 22 from the following year.

Only 15% of claims were successful, with the council paying out £16,000 in compensation.

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Air Ambulance called to help child

The Great North Air Ambulance arriving at the scene Credit: GNAA

The Great North Air Ambulance were called to help an injured three-year-old in the Langley Castle area.

The Langwathby team assisted the North East Ambulance Service after the child fell through the bannister of a stairwell.

At the scene, the Aircrew Doctor and Paramedic assessed and treated the child before flying both the mother and child to a hospital in Newcastle.


The Carlisle Settle Partnership respond to strike action

Workers will strike over compulsory redundancies for the third time on Thursday Credit: PA

The Carlisle Settle Partnership have released a statement in response to the announcement that workers will strike this Thursday as part of an ongoing dispute over compulsory redundancies.

"The company regret the lack of catering for passengers on Thursday, due to the RMT's continuing action against us.

"We cannot agree to their demands, which would undermine the financial security of our small not for profit organisation".

– Drew Haley. General Manager

UPDATE: all non-urgent operations postponed; non-essential visitors asked to stay away

All non-urgent operations have been postponed, and all non-essential visitors should stay away Credit: ITV Border

The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has released an update regarding the norovirus outbreak at the Cumberland Infirmary.

All non-urgent operations have been postponed this week.

The trust has also issued a further appeal for all visitors to stay at home if they, or a member of their family, has had vomiting, diarrhoea, or 'flu-like' symptoms in the last two days.

All non-essential visitors are asked to stay away from the hospital, and visitors are limited to two per bed and next of kin only.

According to the Trust, the number of patients affected by the virus remains high and it is continuing to circulate widely in the community.

MSP calls for action at European level

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead raised the issue at a meeting in Brussels today Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Scottish Government has called for action at a European level to help dairy farmers who have been hit by falling milk prices.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead discussed the issue of milk prices at a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Brussels today.

The price of a two-litre carton of milk has dropped to £1 in many supermarkets.

Mr Lochhead has said he understands that Scottish dairy farmers are facing a "real struggle".

“We also know that this is a problem affecting farmers in many countries across the EU. That is why it is crucial that we consider what can be done at a European level to support farmers, protect our dairy industry and safeguard its contribution to our economy and natural larder.

"I hope we can agree on action across Europe that helps to give our dairy industry a brighter future."

– MSP Richard Lochhead, Rural Affairs Secretary
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