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Man dies in Maryport crash

A man has died in a car crash in West Cumbria.

Police were called at 10.47am today (24th May 2015) following a one vehicle collision on Senhouse Street in Maryport.

The man was was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary by Air Ambulance but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

There are no suspicious circumstances and the coroner has been informed.

Reunited dog 'highlights need for microchip'

Sid the dog, who was found on Scafell Credit: SSPCA

A charity that took in a dog found on England's highest peak say the case highlights the need for microchipping.

The Scottish SPCA had to appeal for the dog's owner to come forward after he was discovered on Scafell Pike, because he was not microchipped.

A week later and the dog has now returned home, after spending time at an animal welfare and rehoming centre in Glasgow.

Centre assistant manager Katrina Cavanagh said:

Unfortunately, Sid wasn’t microchipped so we couldn’t contact his owner directly. Thankfully, he came forward following our appeal and arranged for Sid to be collected as he wasn’t able to travel to Glasgow.

The owner is a local sheep farmer and Sid is one of his working dogs. He believes Sid took off after a bitch in season and had been looking for him. While he was surprised when he found out Sid was in Scotland, he was also very relieved he was safe.

Sid was delighted to see Jason, who works with his owner, and leapt into his van ready to go home, happy for his adventure to be over. He’s a lovely dog and we wouldn’t have had any trouble finding him a home if we’d needed to as we had lots of offers.

This is another example of why it’s important for pets to be microchipped.”

– Katrina Cavanagh, SSPCA


Peebles mill owners 'confident' about finding buyer

Robert Noble's March street mill in Peebles Credit: ITV Border

The owners of a textile mill in Peebles that faces closure say they are confident a buyer will be found.

The 350-year-old Robert Noble March street mill is under threat after owners Moorbrook Textiles say it is no longer profitable.

They have begun an appeal for a buyer to come forward, and a 30-day consultation process.

87 staff members face losing their jobs.

Moorbrook Textiles Managing Director Ian Laird told ITV Border:

I think of course it is disappointing for staff to hear that, but I think we can also look round about to other situations such as Barrie knitwear, where there has been this kind of turmoil and then a pathway to something that leads to a more sustainable better business for the longer term.

– Ian Laird, Moorbrook Textiles

'Scafell' dog returns home

'Scafell' with Jason Loan, who works with Sid’s owner and collected Sid Credit: SSPCA

A dog found at the top of the highest mountain in England and taken in by the Scottish SPCA has returned home.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity issued an appeal on Friday after the male collie cross was discovered at the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake District last weekend (Saturday 16 May) by Scottish holidaymakers who took him home to Ayrshire.

Nicknamed 'Scafell' by staff at the animal rescue and rehoming centre in Glasgow, the dog is in fact called Sid and returned south today (Sunday 24 May).

'Scaffell', whose real name is Sid Credit: SSPCA

Missing camper found safe

A missing man who was wild camping in Wasdale has been found fit and well by RAF Lossiemouth.

Gary Lupton was reported missing after failing to return from a camping trip on Friday 22nd May.

He was found on Gavel Neese at around 10:15am and was escorted from the hill to Wasdale Head Hotel.

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