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Carlisle Futsal club over-subscribed due to popularity

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A Carlisle Futsal club is proving so popular it's waiting list is now twice as long as the number of players taking part.

The sport began in Brazil and places a greater emphasis on technique and skill than regular football.

Coaches believe it is improving the next generation of players:

It is a no brainer for football really. It is a smaller area, a faster surface. Kids get more touches of the ball. For decision making, speed of thought: it is great for the kids.

– Al Tindall, Chairman of Carlisle Futsal Club

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D&G domestic abuse charity granted lottery funding

  • If you have been affected by Domestic Abuse you can find support here.

The damage caused by domestic abuse is well documented. But perhaps less well known is the effect that witnessing abuse can have on young people.

Now, an organisation which provides support to people in Wigtownshire has been given a big lottery grant.

Simisola Jolaoso has been to meet one woman who saw abuse first hand - we've altered her name and voice to protect her identity.

Borders animal lovers urged not to buy pets online

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A pet rescue centre in the Scottish Borders is warning of the dangers of buying pets online.

In the last two years it's seen a huge increase in the number of animals needing to be re-homed after being bought on the internet.

Those at the centre say there are no guarantees when people buy an animal without the appropriate information:

People don't know whether that animal's been vaccinated. Whether it's been spayed or neutered. They don't understand whether that animal's going to get bigger or smaller and not fit the space they have or be able to provide the exercise that animal needs and there'll be no home checks so there's many factors that we think need to be considered before you take on a pet.

– Peter Chambers, Borders Pet Rescue

These simple guidelines from gov.uk can help you choose wisely when buying a pet:

  • Buy your animal from a reputable supplier – advice on buying a dog or cat is available from a range of animal organisations, such as Dog Advisory Council, Kennel Club, the Dogs Trust and the RSPCA
  • Check the animal’s history by speaking to a previous owner – if you are buying a puppy or kitten, you should ask to see it with its mother and the rest of the litter.
  • View the animal and its documentation before you buy – if it was born outside the UK it must have either a pet passport or a veterinary certificate. The pet passport needs to confirm that it was vaccinated against rabies at the correct age, according to the manufacturer’s data sheet (normally at three months of age). For dogs, the passport should also show that it has been treated for tapeworm.
  • If you have any doubts about an animal speak to your vet before agreeing to buy it.

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300 Cumbrians die every year due to cold weather

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Organisers of a charity sleep out say they're hoping more people will take part this year than ever before.

An average of 300 deaths occur in Cumbria each year due to the effects of cold weather.

The Big Sleep event gets people to obtain sponsorship and spend the night outdoors, but it's more than just raising money:

It's just about raising awareness of the important issue... a lot of people that do sign up want to make a difference in their county, so they're raising money in Cumbria for Cumbrian people.

– Annalee Holliday, Cumbria Community Foundation

Police warn Wetheral residents of suspicious door-to-door services

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Police are warning residents in the Wetheral area to be careful of suspicious men going door-to-door offering painting services.

Police say the men have been doing so over the last couple of days.

People are encouraged to follow the following advice when confronted by bogus callers:

  • Never agree to have any work done by someone who is just passing by
  • Make sure your back door is locked if you are answering the front door to someone you don’t know
  • Watch out for anyone who says they’re in a hurry or it’s an emergency
  • Don’t let them pressure you. If in doubt, call a neighbour, a friend or the police
  • If you think a bogus caller has been to your home, call the police on 999 immediately

Police are asking residents of Wetheral as well as surrounding villages to call Detective Constable James Aiston on 101 quoting 'incident number 86 of 20 January 2017' or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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