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Warning over 'powerful and dangerous' drugs after Kendal Calling death

Police have seized a number of drugs, including these tablets. Credit: Cumbria Police

"Do not risk your health by taking any drugs" - that's the warning from the Public Health department at Cumbria County Council, after a teenager died following believed substance abuse at Kendal Calling.

Four other people are in hospital, two of them in critical condition:

I’d like to reiterate the police’s advice, these are powerful and dangerous substances which are simply not safe. Do not risk your health by taking any drugs.

However, If you are to take drugs our advice is to consume as little as little as possible. Do not retake substances until you are confident that the effects have worn off. Also do not mix drugs with alcohol or other substances. Stay with friends and make sure you are with at least one sober person.

If you or someone you know complains of feeling unwell, please seek medical help.”

– Dr Jane Mathieson, Consultant from Cumbria County Council Public Health

Life-threatening injuries after Kirkstone Pass incident

The GNAAS at the scene of a different accident. Credit: GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance Service says it's transported two people to hospital with life-threatening injuries, after an incident on Kirkstone Pass.

At around 12pm today (31 July), two women in their seventies were thrown from a vehicle on the road near Troutbeck.

The team's doctor and paramedic treated them at the scene, before one of them was transported by road to hospital in Lancaster, and the other by air to hospital in Newcastle.

They're described as having critical/life-threatening injuries to the head, back, legs and chest, but as being stable, on arrival at hospital.


Ambleside businesses concerned over Premier Inn plans

An exhibition's begun to give people a say about plans for a controversial new hotel in Ambleside.

Developers have included plans for 40 homes in the scheme - many affordable - and say it'll boost the area's economy.

But some existing hotelliers and Bed and Breakfast owners are concerned about the idea of a Premier Inn being built in the village.

Nick Davenport, of Future Ambleside, believes the new hotel will affect the local economy:

"This massive hotel is going to suck something like 4 million ponds out of the local economy which would otherwise be spent and go round and round.

It's going to go to Whitbread shareholders.

They are going to sell 10 local occupancy houses which will sell for about 4 million pounds.

Local builders could use that and build far more local occupancy houses for the people who need them."

– Nick Davenport, Future Ambleside
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